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Childcare & Education apprenticeships

Influence the superstars of tomorrow with a childcare career

Careers in childcare and education can be challenging, fun and rewarding. You need to be enthusiastic, have plenty of energy and have a solid sense of responsibility. You will work in a variety of settings from nursery or pre-school to in-classroom support or residential care.

Our apprenticeships run from Level 2 to Level 5 in a number of specialisms so that you can choose the career path you want to set out on, and change or flex your skill set into a new area later on. We are here to support you every step of the way.

What you need to succeed in the Childcare & Education sector

Here are just some of the characteristics that will help you to succeed in your chosen sector:

  • A caring nature
  • A positive attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to adapt to changing situations
  • Resourceful and helpful
  • A passion for assisting those who need support
  • Natural people person
  • Resilient

Who do you want to be?

Each of our apprenticeships have clear progression pathways. Check out the programmes available below for more information on the pathways that are right for you.

Apprenticeships in this sector

  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    Careers in childcare and education can be challenging, fun and rewarding. You need to be enthusiastic, have plenty of energy and have a solid sense of responsibility.

    Your job role may vary but the most important job you will do is ensuring the welfare and health (physical, mental and emotional) of the children you care for.

    Certificate in Teaching Assistant Level 3
    18 months City & Guilds
  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    Careers in childcare and education can be challenging, fun and rewarding. You need to be enthusiastic, have plenty of energy and have a solid sense of responsibility.

    Your job role may vary but the most important job you will do is ensuring the welfare and health (physical, mental and emotional) of the children you care for.

    Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
    18 months City & Guilds
  • Level 5 apprenticeship

    By undertaking this Children, Young People and Families Manager apprenticeship, you’ll be equipped with skills to build your team, manage its resources and lead new approaches to work practices.

    You will need to be comfortable managing a team or service, confident working with professionals at all levels and effectively delivering on a wide range of outcomes.

    Children, Young People & Families Manager Level 5
    24 months City & Guilds

Dolphin Day Care Centre

Agata Kwiatkowska

My apprenticeship has built positive working relationships in my setting, as I have built new relationships due to more experienced staff supporting me during the qualification.

FAQs

Do I have to find a job first?

If you’re not currently employed or looking for a new job, you can apply for apprenticeship vacancies advertised by employers looking to employ an apprentice, as you must be employed to undertake an apprenticeship.

You can view current vacancies here: apprenticeship vacancies

If you already have a job and wish to gain a qualification in that industry as an apprentice, this is possible subject to your employer’s agreement.

Will it cost me anything?

No. Your employer pays your wage and we apply for government funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to support the cost of your qualification.
Currently 100% funding is available for apprentices ages 16 – 18 and 90% for those aged 19 + (subject to the employers levy status).

You or your employer can call us to discuss any questions you have regarding funding on 0800 783 2545.

Can I undertake an Apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes. If you already have a job and wish to gain a nationally recognised qualification in that role, an apprenticeship is a great way to do it. A great way to start is to visit our employing an apprentice page ready to discuss with your employer or give us a call on 0800 783 2545

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