This apprenticeship is for people who work with children – from birth to 16-year-olds (and their families) – in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development. Workers in this area make sure children are looked after, kept active, happy and nourished. They also help children develop social and practical skills.
It gives students an opportunity to work with children and young people while gaining an understanding into the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of their development. And ensures students are able to put childcare theory into practice.
As an apprentice, the exact nature of your job role will depend on your employer. This course is ideal for those working under supervision such as a nursery assistant, playgroup assistant working with children under five or those who may be working with children and their families in a variety of contexts.
Examples of subject areas include:
Help to keep children safe
Support children’s development
Use support to develop own practice in children’s care, learning and development
Contribute to the effectiveness of teams
Support the development of children and young people 0-19
The qualification is achieved by gaining practical experience in the work place and gathering evidence into an online portfolio to demonstrate their competence. Necessary theory, underpinning knowledge and support will given in the work place with students being required to attend College workshop sessions to pass written and Key Skills tests. You will also be required to achieve functional skills at level 2 in English, maths and ICT as well as Paediatric First Aid and complete a workbook relating to employment rights and responsibilities.