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We offer QCF accredited qualifications at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 for early years practitioners, playworkers, youth workers and teaching assistants. We deliver training in business administration and customer service. We also provide online training for maths and English, backed up by support from personal tutors: this has achieved exceptional exam success.
We specialise in post level 3 progression for early years practitioners in a wide range of job roles.
We use technology to enhance the personal contact between learners and their tutor/assessors. Web based e-portfolios of evidence means that learners achieve faster, with minimal disruption to their job.
And all our learners have free access to eQual Learning, our own unique suite of interactive, web based learning resources. They can access this material via the internet, work through it at their own pace with support from their assessor, and complete assignments online.
We are accredited as a training centre by both City & Guilds and Edexcel and we hold a large direct contract from the Skills Funding Agency which gives us guaranteed access to apprenticeship and other funding.
As a company, we are accredited under the Matrix standard for the quality of the information, advice and guidance that we provide.
Our assessors and trainers are all qualified professionals with many years of hands on experience and success in their field of expertise. They all share the directors’ belief in quality and enjoy their jobs.
Employers often comment on our assessors’ commitment to learners and on their professionalism, flexibility and good communication – something which sets us apart from many other training providers .
My assessor is brilliant and offers lots of support and encouragement. For many of my colleagues with other providers, their qualification has just dragged on and they have lost focus. Thank you PBD!
I am finding my Level 5 challenging and I am learning and gaining more strengths and information. My tutor is very supportive and helpful and responds to my questions very quickly. I am very happy that I have chosen this path to further my career.
I am finding that the course is already having a positive effect on my practice. The resources are excellent and my tutor is doing a fantastic job in supporting me.
I have found this course very exciting. I have found my tutor to be really lovely and helpful and the eQual site is extremely helpful. The assessments set have been very clear with lots of information to help me fulfil the requirements.
OMG! Five years ago I vowed that one day I would qualify as a nursery nurse and work on the special care baby unit. In that time I qualified at level 2 and level 3 , holding down 2+ jobs and juggling childcare. Today my dream came true. Thank you to everyone who has helped me!
I was worried about taking part in a webinar because I didn’t know what to expect. I must say it was a great experience, one I’m keen to repeat. There was lots of information which I will need to read in more depth, at my own pace. Being on this course has made me confident in what I do. I am better equipped. Thank you!
‘When I started the qualification I was a bit nervous about the fact I wasn’t going to be going to a college to have lessons with a tutor. But I was reassured that if I need help I would get it and quickly, I found that it was better for me with my family commitments to do the course on line with you.’
I am very pleased with my achievement, never in a million years did I think I would manage it but it has been thanks to Vicki (my assessor) for having faith in me and giving me the confidence to carry on. Thank you for everything
I have worked with many training providers over the years and I can say that your online training is the best that I have come across, my staff have found it to be so easy and there is always someone on hand to help and support. Also I noticed that unlike other training companies, your assessors are thorough and reliable, if they say they are coming they come. The work that they set out for staff is explained thoroughly and staff know exactly what is expected of them.
“The fact that I am having to research so much to understand the criteria, and get the right information to respond to it, is helping me to learn so much more and at a deeper level than ever before – I would like to say that this is an excellent course because it really makes you think, understand and learn in the most positive way – so well done to the team at PBD”
Before working in childcare Amanda was unsure of the path that she wanted to take. She studied Sociology and had an interest in the social theories specifically related to children. She took the role of Level 2 apprentice at a local nursery within Cambridgeshire whilst deciding her path. From her first day, she loved my job and found her field. She went on to complete her Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification and progressed to a Room Leader and Senior role. She wants to support children further within a different approach and set out to complete her assessor qualification. She remains in Cambridgeshire and works as a fully qualified Assessor part-time alongside a part-time role as senior within a nursery and pre-school. Her goal is to complete my Level 5 to continue to develop her knowledge and skills and to further support learners within her career as an Assessor.
Jade who is currently based in Essex has worked in the early years sector since completing her BTEC National Diploma in Early Years in 2007. Her roles include nannying in the UK and abroad in Northern Italy, working in the kids clubs onboard P&O cruise ships and before Jade joined the PBD team she was working as a behaviour therapist to children with autism. She now thrives to support our learners in gaining their qualifications in this sector. Whilst Jade was working in these different roles she studied for her BA in Early Years degree long distance so understands the work, life and study balance.
Sam, who is based in Nottingham, has spent her career so far in Childcare and undertook her Level 5 in Leadership for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Before joining PBD, Sam was the Ofsted and EYFS Compliance Officer for a nationwide out of school childcare provider for several years. She has recently undertaken an assessing qualification and now works part time for PBD, building our delivery of qualifications in the East Midlands.
Rosie has worked in childcare since 1999 and has had wide experience in day nurseries, preschools and as a nanny, in England, Australia and Chile. She also taught English to children in a school in Spain. Since returning to England in 2006, Rosie has worked as a childcare assessor in the north of England. Now based in Norfolk, Rosie works part time for PBD as a tutor/assessor.
Jane is an assessor and internal verifier and has worked for PBD since the company started. Her career has been varied; from being a nanny both in the UK and the Far East, running a large play scheme for children aged 5-12, deputy officer in charge at a day nursery, helping at a local primary school and working as an assessor, verifier and assistant training manager at a large national provider. She has recently achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies.
Vicki has had a variety of roles in the early years sector. Starting in a nursery at the age of 16, she was offered a permanent job and obtained her qualification. Vicki spent time as a nanny, both in England and travelling abroad, before returning to nurseries and also working in a high school before moving into assessing. She qualified as an assessor in 2006 and has subsequently completed a playwork qualification and an internal verifier award. Vicki has worked for PBD since 2009 and finds each day different. Like her colleagues, she prides herself on quality assessing and on meeting the individual needs of learners.
Zoe began her career in 1993, successfully completing the NNEB. Since then she has continued to update her knowledge, working in childcare settings and undertaking CPD. In 2004 Zoe took on a management role with a large nursery chain. She also acted as an “in house” assessor before taking a full time assessing role at a local college. Having always been interested by the use of e-portfolios and the use of technology, she joined PBD 2008 to PBD. She works as an assessor and IV for early years and enjoys working within a team that is innovative in their approach and delivery of early years training.
Marios Avraam has worked with children and young people for over 25 years, promoting excellence and positivity through the various sites he has managed as well as the music projects he has been involved in. He is an experienced assessor and internal verifier in play work, childcare and youth work. He is a qualified trainer with QTLS Status and is currently in his final year completing the BA in childcare and youth. He is also passionate about football, music and music production and was part of the winning team that won the Queens Silver Jubilee award for best community radio station in 2007. Marios joined PBD in 2009 and is the lead professional in playwork for the company, as well as being a tutor/assessor in early years.
Helen is a qualified assessor with a wide knowledge and experience in the early years sector gathered in over 20 years of practice, during which time she gained her level 4 qualification. Helen has worked in a range of early years settings and schools not only in England but also in France and Germany. Helen currently supports and assesses learners for level 2 and 3 qualifications in the Children and Young People’s Workforce and Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Although our base is in the East of England, we have learners (and tutor/assessors) in most regions (London, SW, SE, East, W Midlands, E Midlands, Yorkshire & and Humberside and the North West). In regions where we don't have a presence, we are still happy to take on new learners provided there is enough demand to justify recruiting a locally based tutor/assessor who can provide learners with face to face support.