Baby and Pre-School Award

The Baby and Pre-School qualification aims to produce teachers that can teach aquatic activities, including paddle strokes to babies and pre-school children during adult and children lessons.

They are able to deliver the STA Starfish programme up to the STAnley Series of STA’s International Learn to Swim Programme.

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Available Regulators

Qualification Number: 600/6849/8
Title: STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School
Credit Value: 6 Credits


Qualification Number: R281 04
Title: STA Professional Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre School at SCQF Level 6
Credit Value: 6 Credits


Qualification certificates will not be issued until all pre-requisites have been supplied. If requested pre-requisites are not supplied within 12 months of the course end date, the qualification will expire.

Validity of Award

This qualification does not expire.

To remain as an STA-approved swimming teacher, and to receive the benefit of STA public liability insurance, holders of this qualification are required to:

  • Remain in membership of STA
  • Keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date with regular CPDs
  • Keep their pre-requisite lifesaving qualification in-date
  • Regularly update their DBS check
Length of Course

The course may be run over 3 days, but can also be delivered over a period of weeks, with the minimum of each training session being 2 hours.

Mandatory Units
  • Planning, Preparing and Teaching Swimming
  • Baby and Pre-School Swimming
Assessment Criteria
  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake at least 30 minutes of poolside teaching during the course
  • Teach 15 minutes lessons to between 2 and 4 adult-child pairs
  • Complete a 30 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 11/15 per unit