Case Study

Early Years Project for NCFE Partner in UAE


In 2008 in the UAE, there was no requirement to be trained to work in a nursery or within the early years setting of a school. As such, an opportunity was identified to help raise the quality of the educational experiences that young children and their families received, resulting in the region’s first CACHE centre – the Early Years Educational Services (EYES) – being opened the same year.

Founded and owned by Sarah Rogers, a UK educated and qualified early years and primary school teacher, the centre’s purpose remains to bring good quality training and UK qualifications to the region; training that is affordable and accessible, without compromising on the quality of the world-class teaching standards of CACHE early years and childcare qualifications (delivered by awarding organisation NCFE).

Since 2008, over 2000 students based in the UAE have taken Level 1, 2 and 3 CACHE qualifications in specialisms such as teaching and learning, preschool practice, and early years educator. A sister centre to EYES opened in Abu Dhabi in 2014 (QUEST EYES Abu Dhabi), providing further opportunities to ensure an excellent educational experience for all learners.

Today, these courses are also delivered remotely in the region by UK centres, helping to further widen accessibility to receiving the highest standard of vocational and technical training for work in the early years sector.

UAE, Middle East
Training Provision, Assessment and Certification

NCFE is an educational charity and leader in vocational and technical learning. It combines over 170 years of experience with deep insight, working with a network of expert collaborators to shape smarter solutions around the greatest learning needs. In doing this, NCFE is working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

With expertise and deep specialism in some of today’s most in-demand sectors, NCFE is regulated by Ofqual. It is committed to delivering the highest standard of qualifications and service to its customers and their learners. NCFE offers a wide range of qualifications, resources and support to centres outside the UK, enabling individuals worldwide to access transformational learning experiences through its provision.

NCFE’s portfolio of sector-leading CACHE qualifications includes specialist provision in early years and childcare, education and training, health and science, and social care, which help millions of learners to raise professional standards across these sectors. Meanwhile, its range of NCFE qualifications includes employability, business and administration, retail, English and maths, and many more that will improve individuals’ lives and global career prospects.

With more than 600 dedicated people working to develop and deliver innovative programmes and education services, international partners can choose from NCFE’s “pick and mix” style catalogues to create bespoke continuing professional development (CPD) programmes, as well as programmes to suit schools, further education (FE) colleges, or independent training providers.

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The firm belief driving this project was the need and the right for every child to have the best start to their education and their lives, if they are to go on to achieve their full potential. +

NCFE therefore had the following aims when undertaking expansion into the UAE:

  • Create an understanding of the need for a trained and professional workforce, recognised by all stakeholders to improve outcomes for all children
  • Raise quality standards of teaching and learning in the early years
  • Give educators the tools they need to increase their professionalism to provide the best teaching and learning environments for all children
  • Be inclusive and culturally aware, working with all stakeholders in the educational community to promote best early years practice.

The overarching vision of NCFE’s International arm is to promote and advance learning, helping people in all parts of the globe fulfil their potential, which the project has gone on to achieve by raising the standards of early years education in this region.

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