Our PANCo training, qualification and specialist role is a beacon for quality provision in the early years.

PANCo Training

The PANCo training programme is a well-being in action intervention that promotes positive nutrition and physical activity to support the prevention of obesity within early years settings. Our PANCo qualification gives early years educators a robust knowledge base and the skills to lead and support change within the setting.

Join the growing movement of PANCo Pioneers and Start Life Well Champions in our PANCo Network. Suitable for practitioners and leaders who want to foster health and well-being in their early years settings.

Whilst we continue working hard to make PANCo available through NDNA, we are accepting registrations of interest from those who are interested in undertaking the PANCo qualification and becoming a PANCo Pioneer.

Benefits of becoming a PANCo Pioneer with NDNA

Engaging and intuitive eLearning lessons

We have taken the most current research and combined it with expert experience to deliver a practical online PANCo training course specifically designed for early years.

PANCo Quality Standards (Start Life Well)

Benchmark your setting against best practice in healthy eating and physical activity and make positive steps towards change with the bespoke Start life Well Assessment tool.

Reflective journal

Packed full of activities, exercises, tools and resources, we have created a set of comprehensive reflective journals that will help you to reflect on what you are learning, expand your thinking and capture your inspiration.

PANCo project portfolio

Your portfolio is a way to showcase your learning and provides you with a toolkit for integrating health and well-being projects into your setting.

 Benefits of becoming a PANCo Pioneer with NDNA

As a qualified PANCo Pioneer you will learn how to:

  • Develop your skills and confidence to become an agent of change
  • Put physical activity and nutrition guidelines into practice
  • Support parents and families with healthy eating and physical activity at home
  • Analyse what will motivate and help people to make positive behaviour changes
  • Embed physical literacy throughout your setting
  • Develop children’s resilience and independence
  • Help your setting to meet and exceed Ofsted’s expectations around the health and well-being of children, families and your team.
  • Be a positive role model for healthy behaviours
  • Build a reputation for being a setting that cares about the health and well-being of its children, families and team
  • Support your team and parents to adopt active lifestyles.

As a qualified PANCo Pioneer you will learn how to:

About the online PANCo training

  • This is the only internationally recognised qualification that gives you full PANCo status
  • Ideal for early years practitioners with an enthusiasm and interest in the health and well-being of children and families and a passion to lead positive change within their workplace
  • Suitable for early years professionals (Lv3+), team leaders or managers working in early years settings such as nurseries, schools, childminding settings and after school clubs
  • Flexible, step-by-step online learning from any device, anywhere, anytime with tutor support
  • 3 months for course completion – approximately 3-4 hours a week for study and practical application.

About the online PANCo training

What is the PANCo Model?

The PANCo qualification and role is not about one-off interventions: it provides a sustainable long-term approach that brings together four important elements.

Specialist qualification

The PANCo qualification provides learners with a robust knowledge of healthy eating and physical activity as well as supporting practitioners to develop the skills and confidence to manage change and implement best practice.

Measuring impact

PANCos assess, monitor and measure the health and well-being needs of their own setting using current research, PANCo standards (Start Life Well) and national guidelines that supports the well-being of children, families and staff.

Well-being champion

PANCo Pioneers are agents of change and lead by example. They develop initiatives that motivate and encourage healthy behaviours and raise the profile of physical activity and nutrition within the setting, the home and the wider community. Read the NCFE case study: Pioneering the PANCo qualification.

Sharing good practice

PANCo trainees connect and work collaboratively in the PANCo Well-being Network where they are able to share challenges and successes with like-minded colleagues who have a passion for fostering well-being in their early years setting.

What is the PANCo Model?

Get up to speed with PANCo

NDNA offers a free ‘Get up to speed with PANCo’ course which assists settings in identifying whether the NCFE CACHE Level 4 training and qualification suits them.

 

It only takes 20 minutes

Within 20 minutes, early years professionals in a setting can undertake the ‘Get up to Speed with PANCo’ course. This helps to identify with professionals are most appropriate to undertake the PANCo course.

Watch four videos

These videos will take you through promoting well-being in action, the role of the PANCo and how together, we can build a healthier future. Each video is only five minutes!

Free download

Once this free course is complete, participants are able to download the free ’12 vital signs your early years setting is fostering well-being’.

Take the free course

Frequently asked questions about PANCo

What is a PANCo?

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo) is a named and qualified member of staff who leads on health and wellbeing and champions best practice within an early years setting. 

Who is the PANCo role suitable for?

This is suitable for early years professionals, team leaders or managers working in early years settings such as nurseries, schools, childminding settings and after school clubs. Learners must hold at least a Level 3 Early Years / Childcare qualification and be over 18 years old to study this course.

What does the role of a PANCo involve?

The PANCo qualification gives early years educators a robust knowledge base about healthy eating and physical activity for children. The PANCo qualification and role of the PANCo is a beacon for quality provision in early years and has been designed as a well-being-in-action intervention that promotes positive nutrition and physical activity to support the prevention of obesity within early years settings. This holistic approach supports the well-being of children, families and early years staff teams through positive sustainable change by providing a framework of best practice. 

Is the PANCo an accredited qualification?

Yes, it is a nationally accredited and the only internationally recognised qualification that gives you full NCFE CACHE Level 4 Award: Promoting Health and Wellbeing through Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordination (PANCo) in the Early Years.

PANCos who qualify with NDNA also receive the Start Life Well Gold Awardfor their setting. 

This qualification is a good choice for you if you are looking to progress to become an Advanced Practitioner within the early years workforce. The Advanced Practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the early years workforce. 

Is this course completed totally online?

Yes, we have developed the course so that it is flexible and adaptable from any device allowing you to work at your own speed, anywhere and in your own time with tutor support. 

Upon purchasing, the purchaser will immediately receive an order receipt and the learner will immediately receive communication direct from the Synap learner platform, please look out for these emails.

System Requirements 

You will need to have Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader and a modern web browser such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Internet Edge, in order to interact with the course. 

How long will it take to complete?

You can start the course at any time and you have 3 months to complete your studies. The course is based on 10 weeks of study with an expectation of about three hours per week study. An additional ten hours of workplace activities will be spread over this time. You then have two further weeks to access the course and to complete your portfolio.  

How can I apply my learning to my work?

  • The role of a PANCo involves applying knowledge and skills to lead and support change within the setting, liaising with external health and education professionals and providing advice and information for parents and carers
  • PANCos will also be expected to demonstrate leadership and mentoring skills, work collaboratively with others to lead change and ensure best practice and national recommended guidelines are met
  • The course is evidence-based and very practical. You can expect to be applying all that you learn directly into your practice
  • The emphasis of the programme is to put knowledge into context, so you will complete a PANCo Project Portfolio which will document your own health and well-being intervention, designed specifically for the early years setting where you work. 

What are the benefits of becoming a PANCo?

PANCos act as health and well-being mentors providing guidance, support and consistent evidence based messages to support children and families and staff to achieve the most positive health and well-being outcomes.  

As a qualified PANCo Pioneer you will learn how to: 

  • Develop your skills and confidence to become an agent of change 
  • Put physical activity and nutrition guidelines into practice
  • Support parents and families with healthy eating and physical activity at home
  • Analyse what will motivate and help people to make positive behaviour changes 
  • Embed physical literacy throughout your setting 
  • Develop children’s resilience and independence 
  • Help your setting to meet and exceed inspection expectations around the health and well-being of children, families and your team. 
  • Be a positive role model for healthy behaviours 
  • Build a reputation for being a setting that cares about the health and well-being of its children, families and team 
  • Support your team and parents to adopt active lifestyles. 

Where can I find further PANCo resources and training?

You can access further information on our dedicated PANCo resource page that provides access to a variety of support materials to help you to achieve and undertake this award and the PANCo role. Information includes: 

  • research papers 
  • case studies  
  • podcasts and videos from experts in the field of early years and health and wellbeing 
  •  further training is available on NDNA’s training page.

Is there a PANCo network?

PANCo learners are able to connect and work collaboratively in the PANCo Well-being Network where they are able to share challenges and successes with like-minded colleagues who have a passion for fostering well-being in their early years setting.  

You will be invited to join the page where you can tell us a little more about yourself which will help us understand your own interests and priorities. 

What are the benefits of joining?

  • It’s free 
  • Access to a national /international network of existing PANCos
  • Access to continued professional development opportunities  
  • Link to case studies and examples of good practice and new ideas 
  • Regular updates, research, and news to support you in your PANCo role 

If I completed my PANCo training with another training provider, can I still access the PANCo standards/ Start Life Well Award?

Yes, you can. The role is supported by the PANCo Quality Standards: Start Life Well. 

The Start life Well Standards provides PANCos, well-being leads and managers with nationally agreed evidence based standards for physical activity and nutrition in the early years. The standards offer an overview of the observable practices and outcomes that you would expect to see in an excellent setting.