Childcare Apprenticeship

This course is for learners who wish to work with children. You will gain knowledge and practical skills in caring for children.

You are encouraged to look for your own placement once you have completed your interview with college. The College will help to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you.

Course content

As an apprentice, you will be working in an early years setting such as a nursery or pre-school. Some apprentices may work in a school in a foundation class. You will generally spend 4 days a week at work and one day in college. A typical day in the workplace will involve welcoming the children and helping them to settle in. You will assist during meal times, snack times and nap time. Once you gain experience you will be responsible for setting up for play activities and helping to plan them.

The day you are in college you will be working towards a Level 2 CACHE Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce, which could lead to a level 3 apprenticeship course. You will study child development and cover important topics such as health and safety and safeguarding. You will develop knowledge of the Early Years Curriculum, the skills required to assess children’s development and plan learning activities to meet their individual needs. You will also look at equality, inclusion and team work.

Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT will be delivered in college.

The day you are in college you will be working towards a Level 2 CACHE Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce, on successful completion this could lead to a level 3 apprenticeship course. You will study child development and cover important topics such as health and safety and safeguarding. You will develop knowledge of the Early Years Curriculum, the skills required to assess children’s development and plan learning activities to meet their individual needs. You will also look at equality, inclusion and team work.

Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT will be delivered in college.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who has a mature and professional attitude for the workplace. You will need to have good time management skills and be punctual. It is an advantage to be self motivated and to able to work independently. You must be committed to working with children.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives including English Language, Maths and a clear DBS check. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.

Qualification Titles

•Level 2 and 3 CACHE Diploma for the Children & Young Peoples Workforce

•Functional English, Maths and ICT levels 1 and 2

Throughout the course you will be assessed in the workplace to show competence to work with children. You will be expected to keep a portfolio of evidence. Your college work is assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods including taught sessions and written tasks set by CACHE.

Where can it lead?

This is a professional qualification (or license to practice) which will enable you to seek employment in schools, private day care, pre-schools, or in relevant health and social care settings in positions of responsibility. Employment opportunities include working in Day Care, Crèches, Schools, Pre-School/Playgroups, Child minder’s own homes, Children’s centres or home childcare, Hospitals.

Please note: This qualification does not carry any UCAS points.

Quick Info

Qualification:Level 2 and 3 CACHE Diploma for the Children & Young Peoples Workforce
Duration: 1-2 years full time
Date:September 2015
Assessment:Workbased Assessment and Coursework
Level:2
Area:Health, Social & Childcare
Campus:Sheffield City College
Course code:BUUCARE

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