Childcare Apprenticeship

12+ months

This Apprenticeship develops the knowledge and skills of those working with children aged 0-5 and assessment takes place throughout the programme. Apprentices could be in a children's centre, a nursery or a primary school. It's that flexible.

Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce

What are Apprenticeships?

An Apprenticeship is a mix of real work and learning. Apprentices earn a wage and gain experience whilst working towards a number of qualifications. An Apprenticeship follows a Level 2 programme and can lead onto an Advanced Apprenticeship which is a Level 3 programme.

Example Job Roles as an Apprentice

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Play Group Assistant
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Playgroup Leader
  • Child Minder

The way to do an Apprenticeship

Start in a full-time job, (or a minimum of 30 hours per week) with an employer who will allow day release at College if required.

The number of release hours will depend on the Apprenticeship. If you’re currently employed but not working towards qualifications, speak to your employer about converting to an Apprenticeship and ask them to contact us.

Programme Requirements

There are no set entry requirements for the Level 2  programme, but we have to make sure that the apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the Apprenticeship qualification, and that they are working at the right level in their job role.

It is a requirement to complete an initial assessment in English and Maths, and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments.

For a Level 3 programme the Apprentice must have already achieved a minimum of A*-C GCSE English and Maths or at lease one of these qualifications A*-C and a minimum of a D grade in the other, and it would be a requirement that they also attend a GCSE college course to attain the remaining outstanding GCSE to an A*-C level.  Failure to do this will mean that the Apprentice will not be licensed to practice.


An Apprenticeship takes 12 months for a Level 2 and 18-24 months for a Level 3

Apprenticeship Framework

There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the framework.

  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce or Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Skills element Functional Skills in Maths and English  Level 1 (applicable to the Level 2 Apprenticeship only)
  • Skills element Functional Skills in ICT Level 1 or 2
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care, Children and Young Peoples Settings


A portfolio of evidence, which will contain detailed assessment reports from the assessor/tutor.

There are external tests for the Skills elements.

What can an apprentice do next?

  • Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Foundation Degree

For more information, please contact:


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