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Childcare Apprenticeships

  • Interacting with children
  • Creative play and education
  • Supporting child development

Apprenticeships in Children’s Care

With nearly 3 million people working with children and young people in England, 10% of the labour market, the industry plays a vital role in giving children and young people the best start in life, providing a safe and secure environment with staff that are skilled and knowledgeable in creating a setting which nurtures learning through play and positive engagement. The children’s care apprenticeship supports the development of skills and knowledge for individuals working with children aged 0-19, primarily within early learning and childcare.

Apprenticeships are also available for Teaching Assistants and Playworkers, that gives an ideal opportunity to extend and develop skills within children's care. 

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Apprenticeships are suitable for individuals seeking to join the industry as well as those already working in the sector, including:

  • Early Years Worker/Assistant
  • Care Worker/Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant 
  • Playworker

Advanced apprentices will be working as a Nursery Supervisor/Worker often in a supervisory role (but not necessarily) within a nursery/early learning and childcare setting, providing care for young children where they may either be working on their own or supervising others.

Apprenticeships at level 2 are appropriate for those who are working under supervision performing a wide range of activities working with 0 - 16 year olds. Level 3 is designed for those who have significant experience in an early years setting or already have NVQ level 2. You will either hold or be developing skills in a wider range of more complex tasks and demonstrate that you are capable of supervising others.

  • Safeguarding the well-being of children
  • Interacting and responding with children
  • Supporting speech, language and communication
  • Caring for physical and nutritional needs
  • Supporting children’s health and safety
  • Supporting children’s positive behaviour
  • Promoting early years learning and development
  • Support of child and young person development
  • Creating positive environments for children
  • Welfare and well-being of children
  • Promoting partnership working with parents
  • Planning and implementing activities, play opportunities and educational programmes
  • Recording, storing and disclosing information; providing reports
  • Supporting children’s creative and imaginative play and experiences
  • Supporting children’s transitions 

A children’s care apprenticeship at level 2 will take approximately 14 months to complete, followed by a further 18 months for the advanced level.

There are no mandatory entry requirements. The level is determined by an assessment of the individual’s job role, prior qualifications and awards which may count towards achievement of an apprenticeship.

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