Intermediate Apprenticeship in Children and the Young Person’s Workforce (Level 2)

This Apprenticeship is designed for those who like being around children and want to pursue a career in this area.

People taking this qualification will be gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to work with children between birth and the age of 19.

When taking this Apprenticeship, there are a diverse number of job roles available to learners which will see them working with children with different situations and ages.

Not only will apprentices be helping take care of children, they will also be engaging in learning activities, such as classroom assistance. This means that this apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for those who want to put childcare theory into practice.

Apprenticeship Information

A Level 2 Apprenticeship in Children and the Young Person’s Workforce is worth 35 credits

The course consists of between 267 and 280 guided learning hours.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualification requirements to enter this course.  However, there are several factors which a successful candidate needs to possess including:

  • Being able to successfully pass an enhanced CRB check
  • Ability to demonstrate competence with children
  • Basic numeracy and literacy skills

Additional features which could help you successfully qualify could include:

  • Previous relevant work experience e.g. child minding
  • Previous relevant qualifications in childcare

What can an apprentice do with this apprenticeship?

This Apprenticeship is intended to provide learners with a good starting point within the sector, working under supervision (e.g. pre-school assistant, nursery assistant). However, it is expected that learners will progress, either onto the Advanced Apprenticeship pathway or onto the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, as a stand-alone qualification.

This will ensure that, as practitioners, they meet the appropriate level of competency, as determined by registration and regulatory requirements.

Progression to a Level 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship will also enable apprentices to move to higher levels of work or enable them to work unsupervised e.g. Nursery supervisor, child-minder, foster carer.

This Apprenticeship also provides a good opportunity for learners to move across the wider children’s workforce, should they wish to do so. This is possible due to the “commonality” of much of the learning contained within the combined qualification – there are a number of units that are shared across qualifications in related occupations (e.g. Schools support services, care, health, play work).

What do the jobs at Level 3 involve?

On this Apprenticeship employees will likely have one of the following job roles:

Early Years Worker/Assistant

This role involves working under supervision within an early learning or childcare setting, usually caring for young children, e.g. pre-school, child minder, nursery, and crèche.

Care Worker/Assistant

This job will involve working under supervision in a social care setting with children aged 0-19 years.

Assistant Youth Support & Community Worker

This will involve working under supervision with young people in a youth or community setting

What will apprentices learn on this apprenticeship?

Like all apprenticeships this one contains; a knowledge based element, a competence based element, Skills (ICT, English and Maths), a module on Employment Rights and Responsibilities and a module on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).

The knowledge based element of this apprenticeship will take apprentices through the basics of looking after young children, learning how to properly nurture them. This will make up the majority of the qualification.

The competency part of this qualification will see apprentices working in a child friendly setting to gain first-hand experience dealing with and helping people while in the work-place.

The skills part of this qualification will bring ICT, English and Maths skills up to the necessary level needed to carry out the role.

Finally the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) part of the course will teach generic skills which will be helpful in their day to day life.