ONLY OfQual REGULATED QUALIFICATIONS HAVE THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS FOR LEARNERS
ALL OF THE OTHER NON-REGULATED TRAINING COURSES AVAILABLE IN THE UK SIMPLY CAN NOT OFFER THESE BENEFITS:
The need for these new and unique regulated qualifications
Hands on Babies have been delivering training in Baby Massage and Baby Yoga for over 10 years. Through this experience and through growing concerns at the differing standards of training available, three mains needs for an official, Nationally recognised & Regulated qualification were identified:
At present in the UK, Baby Massage and Baby Yoga are completely unregulated. This means there is effectively no control over the required levels of information, learning levels or safety considerations for infants. In effect anybody can establish themselves as a Baby Massage or Baby Yoga training provider with no formal training required.
There are currently no controls, structures or processes formally in place to ensure that Baby Massage and Baby Yoga are taught at a consistently high standard. There is also no regulation as to what a qualification can be called, at what level a course is taught and what constitutes an ‘accredited’ course.
Hands on Babies are regularly approached by individuals, SME’s, charities and community groups who are seeking training in Baby Massage and Baby Yoga. All too often a big barrier to accessing the training is funding availability. If central government funds were available it would remove this barrier to learning and enable Hands on Babies to engage many more learners, providing them with the confidence, skills and learning at a nationally recognised standard to equip them for work and introduce them to further learning.
Hands on Babies in association with Skills First have been working on the development of these regulated qualifications for many years. By taking the skills of Baby Massage and Baby Yoga through the OfQual Regulated Qualification process within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), for the first time in the UK, the quality of training can finally be formalised and officially & nationally recognised and the barriers that have existed for many to train in these wonderful disciplines can be reduced making Baby Massage and Baby Yoga more accessible than ever before.