Childcare - Apprenticeship

This qualification is aimed at nursery assistants, crèche workers, and special educational needs assistants working in a supporting role. This qualification has been especially designed for people who work with children and young people aged 0 to 19. It reflects the diverse group of people who do not work in a single age range, but move between settings catering for different needs.

Learners need to achieve 29 credits from the 13 mandatory units which are:

  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Child and young person development
  • Contribution to the support of child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Contribute to children and young people’s health and safety
  • Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Contribute to the support of positive environments for children and young people
  • Understand partnership working in services for children and young people
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people

They then need to achieve a minimum of 6 credits from a choice of 16 optional units that best match their usual work role. These units cover a wide range of subjects, including supporting the varying needs of children and young people and contributing to different areas of development.

This qualification is a work based award and learners' skills and knowledge are assessed in the workplace whilst they are working directly with children, young people, their families and colleagues. An assessor will help them plan and gather a portfolio of evidence of their daily routines.They must be working in a real childcare setting on a full or part time basis and in paid work.

Learners will also complete the Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings. This is a knowledge based one unit qualification that will be assessed by assignment and Personal Learning and thinking skills are referenced from the evidence gathered as this is naturally occurring evidence.

Learners will also need to complete 3 functional skills Level 1 – Mathematics, English and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). These will be assessed through online exams and an observation of planned discussion and presentations.

Opportunities

Following achievement of the programme you will be able to progress into further learning opportunities (Advanced Apprenticeship, Further Education or Higher Education) and will be encouraged and supported to do so. There are a number of different employment opportunities:

  • Assistant Nursery Nurse
  • Pre-School Assistant
  • Creche Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Children's Holiday Representative
  • Mother's Help

To apply - or for more information - contact us 0151 259 0264.

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