Progress for Success

Progress for Success helps early years, childcare and play settings in maintained and non-maintained sector across Wales become more successful - by funding free staff training!

Looking after children is more than just a job - it's a really important career. That's why the Welsh Government has launched Progress for Success, a new programme to improve qualifications and skills held by the early years, childcare and play workforce.


The benefits of highly-qualified employees to your business

Progress for Success provides the funding for you to support your employees through work based training to achieve higher-level qualifications and skills. Through additional training you can improve your staff's skills, improve your business and deliver a higher-quality service in many ways.


Higher-level qualifications will help your staff to deliver a high-quality service to make sure that children's needs are fully met, and provide greater future educational opportunities for children. Highly qualified staff are also proven to be more productive, meaning your business will become stronger and more efficient.


Parents want the best for their children, so opinions of your business will spread fast. Make sure these are positive ones by making sure your staff are fully qualified for what their roles involves.


Studies show that investing in your workforce proves that you value them. It improves quality and loyalty, and staff will stay with you.

Welsh language skills

There are a number of benefits associated with encouraging your employees to improve their Welsh-language skills and carry out training in Welsh or bilingually (in English and Welsh). It will increase exposure to the Welsh language for the children in your care, it may attract new customers, and it could increase customer loyalty.

Is your business eligible?

Progress for Success is for employers of professionals working in the early years, childcare or play sector, who are looking to increase the skills of those with qualifications below Level 3. To receive funding you and your employee must meet the following criteria:

  • your employee must to be aged 25 or above at the time you make the application
  • your early years, childcare, or play setting must be registered with CSSIW
  • your employee must be employed for 16 hours or more a week
  • your employee must have been employed in your setting for at least 4 weeks at the time of your application

(Please note that other criteria may apply)


Call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000 or contact us.

Progress for success is part-funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

Programme Checklist EU funds in Wales
Delivery Area National
European Social Fund
Status  Live
Supported by the European Social Fund? Yes
Programme Lead

Welsh Government