Childcare, Learning and Development Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is for people who want to work with children and young people – from birth to 19-year-olds (and their families) in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development.

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  • Entry Requirements

    • 16 years or over
    • GCSE English & maths or equivalent
    • Basic skills assessment in literacy & numeracy
    • Ability to support the care and learning needs of children and young people
    • Potential to develop positive relationships with children, young people and their parents.
  • Qualifications

    • Diploma Qualification
    • Functional Skills (Level 2 English, maths and ICT)
    • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
    • Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Typical Job titles

    Level 2: Early Years worker or assistant/ Care worker/Assistant and assistant youth support / Community worker.
    Level 3: Nursery worker or supervisor/ Childminder / Nursery nurse / Nursery teaching assistant/ Residential care / Special needs support

  • Duration

    Level 2: Typically 12 months
    Level 3: Typically 18-24 months

  • Level

    2 and 3

  • Delivery

    A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Hayes/ Harrow campus.

Key Responsibilities

This Apprenticeship helps you gain an understanding into the ‘how’s’ and ‘whys’ of a child's development. Equally, it ensures candidates put childcare theory into practice.

The Intermediate Level is for those working under supervision such as a nursery assistant or playgroup assistant working with children under five.

The Advanced Level is for those who work on their own initiative, planning and organising their own work and/or supervising others, for example, a nursery nurse, playgroup leader or a childminder working in their own home.


If you complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship, you may be able to progress onto Level 3. Apprentices that complete Level 3 may be able to go onto a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

Course Outline

During the apprenticeship programme, an apprentice will require to spend minimum 30 hours of on-the-job training.

The core modules include:

Level 2 and 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Mandatory unit
  • Promote communication in Children & Young Peoples (CYP) settings
  • Principals for implementing a duty of care in CYP settings
  • Understand CYP development
  • Contribute to CYP health & safety
  • Develop positive relationships with CYP and others involved in their care
  • Promote learning & development in the early years
  • Promote Equality and inclusion in CYP settings
  • Contribute to the support of positive environments for CYP
  • Maintain and support relationships with CYP
  • Contribute to the support of positive environments for CYP.
Please note:An apprentice needs to complete 35 credits to achieve the Intermediate Apprenticeship and 65 credits to achieve the Advanced Apprenticeship in Childcare.

Credits are achieved through the completion of a combination of mandatory and optional units.

The apprentice's competence will be assessed by an occupationally qualified assessor in their workplace.

A Paediatric First Aid (2 days) and Food Safety (1 day) short course also needs to be completed to successfully attain this apprenticeship.

Common Modules for both Apprenticeships:

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

  • Know the statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers within own area of work
  • Understand how own role fits within the wider context of the sector
  • Understand agreed ways of working that protect own relationship with employer Understand how issues of public concern may affect the image and delivery of services in the sector
  • Understanding employment responsibilities and rights in health, social care, or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understand career pathways available within own related sector.

Please note:

The apprentice will achieve this award through attendance at college workshops and the completion of an assessed assignment.

Functional Skills

  • Application of Number – Level 1 or 2
  • Information Communication Technology – Level 1 or 2
  • Communication – Level 1 or 2.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

  • Independent enquiring
  • Creative thinking
  • Reflective learning
  • Team working
  • Self management
  • Effective participation.

Please note:

Apprentices learn the following skills within the mandatory units you select from the Diploma Qualification.