CREC re-awarded NPQICL contract for 2012/2013


We are pleased to announce that the National College has awarded the CREC consortium the contract to deliver the NPQICL programme in the West Midlands again in 2012/13.

The National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL) is the first national programme to address the needs of leaders within multi-agency, early years settings. The qualification is for leaders of children's centres delivering integrated services. It gives them the opportunity to collaborate across the community and provide seamless, high-quality services for babies, children and families. 

We have been delivering this qualification since 2008 with outstanding results and now we have seen the contract renewed for 2012/2013.  The CREC consortium for 2012/13 sees Hempsall Consultancies join St Thomas Children’s Centre, Birmingham City University and the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) to offer a wealth of grounded early years and integrated leadership knowledge and experience to Children’s Centre leaders across the West Midlands.

Applications to the next round (commencing September 2012) are still possible but the deadline is 12pm on Friday 15th June 2012. Applications are via The National College website  . If you have any questions relating to this please contact Carol Nelson, Programme Manager on 0121 464 0025.

The CREC Consortium

The Consortium comprises of: Hempsall Consultancies, an independent provider of training, research and consultancy for everyone working with children, young people and families, with a specialism in the early years, childcare, extended services and children's centres sector.  Since 1999,  Hempsall Consultancies have worked with local, regional and central government including 4 Government Offices, over 65 local authorities (16 London boroughs), 40 sure start local programmes and children's centres, and a range of Children's Fund projects, Learning and Skills Councils, colleges, voluntary organisations and major private companies.

Birmingham City University’s School of Education trains more teachers than any other provider in the West Midlands and are the tenth largest teacher training provider in the UK. Proud recipients of a ‘Grade One: Outstanding’ classification by Ofsted for both primary and secondary teacher training and also recognised by the Training and Development Agency (TDA) for the high quality of its provision.

St Thomas Children's Centre is an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' children's centre in the Ladywood locality of Birmingham which is also part of the Birmingham Early Years Teaching Centre consortium.



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