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Apprenticeships in childcare provide learners with the opportunity to gain and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to ensure the welfare and development of children no matter their circumstances.

Our range of programmes are suitable for new entrants to the workforce through to experienced professionals hoping to upskill and take the next step in their career as a practitioner or manager.

Our courses are taught by former industry professionals, from a variety of backgrounds, both in the workplace and in our modern classroom facilities, a full list of our apprenticeship programmes can be found below:

Childcare, Learning & Development, Level 2

Course Overview

To support the development of a highly qualified, well-skilled workforce within the Children and Young People's sector, and ensure that children and young people accessing services in England gain the best possible care and support. Apprentices will work under supervision within an early learning/childcare setting, usually caring for young children, e.g. pre-school, childminder, nursery, crèche.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualification entry requirements to access the framework, but learners must complete Functional Skills qualifications for Level 2 (or equivalents) to complete the framework successfully.

Training

Learners will gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to work safely in the sector, promote the best standards of education and care for the children they support.

Delivery

You will attend college one day per week and receive visits from the trainer throughout your employment. Additional time for Functional Skills study if required.

Assessment

This qualification is assessed through a Portfolio of Evidence. This portfolio is made up of evidence gathered during the course to include direct observation of the learner’s performance by their assessor, questioning, products of work, personal statements, etc.

Start Date: Various

Duration: 12 to 18 months

Children, Young People & Families Practitioners, Level 4

Course Overview

As a practitioner, you will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. You will demonstrate a passion for caring for and about children, young people and families. You will be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present. You will agree with the child, young person or family any specific interventions or referrals. Your approach will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and stay safe. You will work alongside other professionals and organisations to share the responsibility for improving outcomes. Each piece of work with a child or family will be different, and you will exercise judgement on a range of evidence-based approaches to inform your practice. You will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your methods and actions. Regular supervision with an experienced practitioner will encourage reflection on your practice. At the end of the apprenticeship, the high quality of your practice will be making a real difference to those that you work with.

Entry Requirements

Have up-to-date evidence of the result of the Disclosure and Barring Service process. Working in a position of responsibility within the Children, Young People & Families sector.

Training

You will study the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare qualification which has been designed to align to the standard. The mandatory units cover core competencies while the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of specialist areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.

Delivery

You will attend College approximately one day per fortnight and receive visits from the trainer throughout your employment. Additional time for Functional Skills study if required.

Assessment

Regular performance management/mentoring is overseen by the Apprentices line manager to ensure the consistent display of competence. You will develop a portfolio that will inform the end-point assessment process, this will include evidence such as assessments, action plans, case notes, supervision records, reports or records produced as part of the implementation of work activity, reviews of cases and evidence of issues and resolution in the implementation of action plans, evidence of the values and behaviours you have displayed. A minimum of three observations of practice and evidence of continuing professional development undertaken during the apprenticeship period.

You will complete the mandatory qualification:
Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare

End Point Assessment includes:

  • Observation of practice by an independent assessor in apprentice’s own workplace setting
  • Competence interview with an independent assessor

Start Date: Various

Duration: 18 to 24 months

Children, Young People & Families Manager, Level 5

Course Overview

As a Children, Young People and Family Manager you will ensure direction, alignment and commitment within your practice, your team(s), your organisation and across partnerships to help children, young people and families aspire to do their best and achieve sustainable change. You will build teams, manage resources and lead new approaches to work practices that deliver improved outcomes and put the child, young person or family at the centre of practice.

Entry Requirements

Have up-to-date evidence of the result of the Disclosure and Barring Service process. Working in a position of responsibility within the Children, Young People & Families sector.

Training

You will study the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare qualification which has been designed to align to the standard. The mandatory units cover core competencies while the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of specialist areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.

Delivery

You will attend College approximately one day per fortnight and receive visits from the trainer throughout your employment. Additional time for Functional Skills study if required.

Assessment

Regular performance management/mentoring is overseen by the Apprentices line manager to ensure the consistent display of competence. You will develop a portfolio that will inform the end-point assessment competence interview. This portfolio will include, examples of your work including a minimum of 4 specific cases where you have managed complexity (situations where there are no precise procedural guidelines, and it is a matter of weighing up the likely implications for each party). It should show where they have delivered impact at an operational level and shown leadership and management responsibility for setting and delivering objectives within children, young people and family social care sector. Specific evidence includes notes, action plans, case notes, supervision records, reports or records produced as part of the work activity, reviews of cases and evidence of issues and resolution in the delivery of objectives and evidence of the values, behaviours and skills you have displayed. You will require a minimum of three recorded observations of practice and evidence of continuing professional development undertaken during the apprenticeship period.

You will complete the mandatory qualification:
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare.

End Point Assessment includes:

  • Observation of practice by an independent assessor in apprentice’s own workplace setting
  • Competence interview with an independent assessor

Start Date: Various

Duration: 24 to 30 months