Childcare (Early Years) Apprenticeship

Qualification: Intermediate
Level 2

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in working with children and young people.

Early Years apprenticeships are for people who work with children aged from birth to 16 years (and their families) in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development, e.g. child minder’s own home, crèches, community based services, day care, extended schools, hospitals, playgroups, pre-schools, primary care, schools and Sure Start programmes.

What you will learn
  • Safeguard the welfare of children and young people
  • Contribute to the support of child and young person development
  • Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
Learning style

The apprenticeship will include a CACHE certificate/diploma combined qualification, functional skills/GCSE, and an Employment qualification.

An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage.

You will attend college one a day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.

Entry requirements

No previous qualifications are required and a full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification. Those wishing to progress onto an advanced apprenticeship will require GCSEs 9-4/A*-C in English and maths (or equivalent) or demonstrate, through the assessment process, that you are able to achieve this.

All applicants will undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. If you already have an employer please contact us. If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 12-15 months
  • Campus: Main
What next?

Possible careers:

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Playgroup Assistant
  • Early Years Assistant
  • Care Worker/Assistant
  • Assistant Youth Support
  • Community Worker
Additional information

Information for Employers

Evidence of knowledge and competency can be obtained through: observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, online assessments, correspondence, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.

Apprentices will also be assigned an Assessor, who will visit them every 12 weeks to ensure they are happy with their progress and on track to achieve.