Childcare and Education Apprenticeships

Creating a nurturing and safe environment for children to thrive in

Working with children can be immensely rewarding, but roles are demanding too and carry a lot of responsibility. Do you have a good personality fit for working with children? Are you patient and calm? Are you organised and professional in your approach to work? Are you non-judgemental and caring? If yes, a career in childcare and education could be for you.

There are plenty of job opportunities available, from roles in education through to children’s services. Roles are varied; from supporting pupils in a school, pre-school or nursery environment, through to developing action plans to promote a child’s welfare.

You can expect any organisation working with children to have safeguarding policies and procedures – and these form a vital part of your training, practice and ongoing professional development. The majority of jobs with children require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The new Apprenticeship Standards have been created with sectors employers, so you can be sure that you're learning the knowledge and practical skills employers' really value. In the last five years over 3,000 apprentices have trained with us.

Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce

Duration:
350 hrs (261 – 278 guided learning hrs)

Work in:

  • Nursery
  • Creche
  • Pre-school
  • Childcare setting.

Good to know:

  • Apprenticeship Framework
  • Work-based assessment

Nursery assistants, creche workers and special educational needs assistants play an important role in a child’s early years education.

If you work in a childcare setting already or are intending to work in one, you can develop your working practice and career with a qualification tailored to your job.

Indeed, you have to be already be working or volunteering in a childcare setting to take this qualification.

You’ll learn about early years education, how to promote resilience and wellbeing and how to support children’s development.

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting and Teaching Learning in Schools

Duration:
300 hrs (180 – 192 guided learning)

Work in:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Specialist schools

Good to know:

  • Apprenticeship Framework

As a teaching and learning support worker in a school you support teachers’ in their work. In this role you build relationships with pupils and help them to understand and take an active part in learning.

By adding a qualification to your work-based learning you can demonstrate your abilities relating to pupil welfare, care, behaviour and learning. That’s why it can develop your career prospects.

Some modules are compulsory, some you select to best fit your interests and needs, including:

  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools
  • Support children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Provide displays in schools
  • Provide support for therapy sessions.

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Good to know:

  • Apprenticeship Framework

As an Early Years Practitioner, you’ll be involved in supporting and promoting children's early education and development. You play a key role in developing young children’s readiness for school.

Working with children is a responsible job and you’ll need to ensure their health, safety and welfare. To help you develop in your role you’ll learn all about child development, safeguarding children, children’s speech language and communication and supporting children’s activities (to name just a few).

Some modules are compulsory, some you select to best fit your interests and needs.

Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Duration:
18 months

Work in:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Specialist schools

Good to know:

  • Apprenticeship Standard

As a Teaching Assistant, you’ll support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning. You’ll support pupils across the curriculum to understand the work that they’ve been set and help them stay on track.

Your class will look to you as a role model, so it’s important that you promote and show positive values and behaviours. You’ll be a key person in helping develop pupils’ self-belief and self-esteem. You’ll help to create the socially-inclusive and nurturing environment that pupils can thrive in.

This Apprenticeship Standard qualification has been designed by 30 schools and academies from all across the UK.

Full specification: Teaching Assistant, Apprenticeship Standard

Level 3 Children's, Young People & Families Practitioner

Duration:
24 months

Work in:

  • Child’s family home (in the community)
  • A residential special school
  • A secure children’s home.

Good to know:

  • Apprenticeship Standard
  • DBS check required.

As a Children’s Young People & Families Practitioner, you’ll be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives.

You’ll listen to children and ensure that they have a voice, you’ll help children (and families) to identify risks to the child’s safety and wellbeing, you’ll work with children and families to create a support plan and stick with them to support them through the changes, monitoring the impact the changes have on the child.

Each piece of work with a child or family will be different. Regular supervision with an experienced practitioner will help you to reflect on your practice and develop in your role.

This Apprenticeship Standard qualification has been designed by 96 leading sector employers and charities from all across the UK.

Full specification: Children’s, Young People & Family Practitioner, Apprenticeship Standard

Level 5 Children's Young People & Families Manager

Duration:
24 months

Work in:

  • Child’s family home (in the community)
  • A residential special school
  • A secure children’s home. 

Good to know:

  • Apprenticeship Standard
  • DBS check required.

As a Children’s, Young People & Families Manager, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the highest-standards of service to help children, young people and families aspire to do their best and achieve sustainable change.

You’ll be responsible for your own best-practice – and your team’s, as well taking the lead on developing relationships and working in partnership with a network of other agencies.

You will be the leader; you can expect to build teams, manage resources and lead new approaches to working practices. You’ll mentor and develop your team; yourself being a role model of reflective practice, professional confidence and humility.

This Apprenticeship Standard qualification has been designed by 96 leading sector employers and charities, from all across the UK.

Full specification: Children’s, Young People & Families Manager, Apprenticeship Standard

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