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30th Anniversary 1985 - 2015

Springlands Training and Assessment Centre

Award-winning training and development

At Springlands, we offer simply the best training and development for nursery staff in the whole of the UK - and that's official!

In being awarded the NMT Nursery Training and Development Award 2012, we achieved recognition for the incredible level of training and development we offer our staff, which in turn ensures all children at our nurseries receives simply the best childcare possible.

We are fortunate to have our own Training and Assessment centre in the grounds of Springlands Nursery in Shrub End, Colchester, where we deliver recognised childcare courses and even offer a ‘Certified Babysitting Course’ for school children, along with a First Aid certificate. Our training premises are in a lovely log cabin, which is also available for hire.

At Springlands, we evaluate everything we do when we help others succeed with their qualifications, so this continually keeps us on our toes!

Childcare courses

Whether you are a mature person or a 15-year-old at school, we have a course to suit you. 

Our CACHE-approved Training Centre offers recognised childcare courses with online support.  These include:

  • CACHE Entry Level 3 Award
  • CACHE Level 1 Key Skills Communication
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the children and young people's workforce
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the children and young people's workforce

We have plans to deliver Playwork qualifications and Continual Professional Development courses in the near future. 

We provide full support for all candidates and offer learning resources, textbooks and workshops to help you meet your personal learning needs. We will also visit you regularly in the workplace to help you develop and assess your progress. 

CACHE inspection comments (taken from the monitoring form) include: "Sampling is clearly very thorough and covers more than is required" and "The centre is always most supportive during visits and well prepared. The centre is well resourced and able to increase the number of learners in the future".

If you are looking to work in childcare, please contact us to hear about job vacancies, training and funding opportunities.


Training room

Springlands Training and Assessment Centre

Recognition for staff training and development 

Training featureAs well as the NMT Nursery Training and Development Award 2012, we have won many awards over the years, recognising the support we give our team so they can deliver ‘The Springlands Experience’ to the children in our care.

Please right click the feature on the right to download and read at your leisure all about our award-winning training.

We have held Investors in People since 1999, being reaccredited most recently in August 2012.

We have also won the Staff Training & Development category at the Essex Countywide Business Awards on more than one occasion. 

Creche facilities

We also provide creche facilities for special occasions, such as wedding receptions, parties, business courses and training days. We have supported school parents' evenings, exhibitions, festivals and music events.

If you would like further information, don't hesitate to contact us - we’ll be pleased to discuss your needs.