DSC_8019miniChildcare is about making sure children are looked after, kept happy, active and nourished, and helping them develop social and practical skills. It’s a vital sector as it helps shape our country’s future generation. An Apprenticeship in childcare helps someone develop a productive career as a:

  • Assistant Nursery Nurse
  • Pre-School Assistant
  • Crèche Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Children’s Holiday Representative

Childcare Apprenticeships: Frequently asked questions

Is childcare for me?

A career in childcare is demanding, fun, responsible and focuses on children and families. You need to be caring, patient, have lots of energy and enjoy meeting different people. Excellent punctuality and attendance, commitment and good communication skills are all vital.

Can I get funding to do an apprenticeship?

Individuals aged 16 to 18 are usually funded by the government to do apprenticeships. If you’re over 18 you can still do an apprenticeship but you’ll have to find alternative funding such as employer sponsorship. If you’re aged 19 or over, you may be entitled to a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your course fees. tpm can advise you about this.

Funding: who pays for my apprenticeship?

What qualifications do I need to start on an Apprenticeship?

You don’t need formal qualifications but you will be expected to achieve maths and English at the relevant level to your Apprenticeship, if you have not achieved GCSE or functional maths and English at school. If necessary your training will develop these skills further. All training is planned to suit your individual needs, ability and learning preferences.

If you don’t have the skills required to go straight onto an Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for our Traineeship programme. This is a short course to help 16-18 year old people get the skills they need to successfully progress onto an Apprenticeship.

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How does an Apprenticeship work ?

As a childcare apprentice you are employed and undertake paid work in the childcare sector. Your Apprenticeship will last a minimum of 13 months. You’ll complete Level 2 NVQ and Technical Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce, and Functional Maths, English and ICT where these have not already been achieved. These are essential for a successful childcare career.

What does the training involve?

You will attend our state-of-the-art training centre each week, usually for half a day. Training covers aspects of children’s care, learning and development including:

  • keeping children safe
  • supporting children’s development
  • supporting children’s play and learning
  • supporting routines for children
  • encouraging children’s positive behaviour

The rest of your working week is spent ‘on the job’ in your workplace where you’ll acquire practical skills from childcare professionals.

What will I gain?

As well as your qualifications, you’ll gain strong interpersonal and practical caring skills along with industry knowledge. You’ll acquire experience whilst enjoying participating in a real work setting with children and parents. You’ll undertake practical activities and learn about respecting people and cultures. After your Apprenticeship you’ll be qualified to work with children up to age 16 in a variety of settings and roles.

What career training progression is there?

Once qualified, we’ll offer you support and encouragement if you wish to progress onto one of our advanced courses such as the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or NVQ level 3 in Early Years Educator to become a Nursery Nurse or Playgroup/Crèche Leader. These courses take between 18 and 24 months. Beyond this you can progress to a Level 4 qualification and a management role. From there we can help you progress onto a higher education course such as a foundation degree.

Many apprentices continue working for their employer after they complete their Apprenticeship.

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