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Family Learning


We developed National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Family Learning in 2005 in close consultation with practitioners from across the UK. A review and update of the Occupational and Functional Mapping was also conducted in 2005 with the support of an Expert Working group.

Throughout the process we were supported by the Parenting Education and Support Forum, and The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).

About National Occupational Standards

NOS follow a similar format across all sectors; however, we work with employers and others to ensure that the relevant information required to describe best practice is included. Standards can inform qualification development, and as a minimum must include:

  • A title indicative of the content of the unit
  • An overview of the content of the unit

Knowledge, understanding and skills needed to effectively carry out your tasks and responsibilities within a particular job role or function

Performance statements. Detailed description of the activities which would represent effective performance of the tasks within a unit.

Download the NOS for Family Learning

View the individual units in the Family Learning in the Standards Directory

Frequently asked questions

We have developed some frequently asked questions about National Occupational Standards which you can find here. If this doesn’t answer your question, please email with your query.

Get involved

We welcome comments on any of our NOS areas, if you have feedback you would like to share with us on any NOS suite please use our feedback form or email (please indicate in the subject line if you have interest in a particular NOS area or suite).

We translate into Welsh information which is relevant to Wales and the UK where possible. Where it is not currently possible, we will consider translation on request. Please contact us if you wish to notify us of a request.