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Children and Young People’s Workforce Intermediate Apprenticeship at Boston College

Course description

This Apprenticeship is for those developing skills and knowledge required by working in an early years setting in the role of a Nursery Assistant. 

The Apprenticeship qualification will be completed in 13 months. During your training you will work in an early year setting for 4 days a week and attend College 1 day a week. 

Course content

The Apprenticeship framework consists of several elements which have been identified by employers as an appropriate set of skills to operate in Early Years industry. 

These elements are: 
Maths - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

English - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ICT - Level 1 or Level 2 is a requirement of some Apprenticeships unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ERR - Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which includes health and safety, equality and diversity as well as employment legislation. 

PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, which includes team working, creative thinking and reflective learning. 

*Vocational Element (Knowledge) - most Apprenticeship frameworks include off-the-job study for a technical certificate which is usually done at College 

*Vocational Element (Competence) - all Apprenticeships include on-the-job training and assessment leading to a competence based vocational qualification 

*On some frameworks, the knowledge and competence elements are combined into one qualification. 

The qualification you will study within your Apprenticeship framework is Children and Young People's Workforce Certificate Level 2. To achieve this vocational qualification you will complete a range of mandatory units such as: 

- Health and Safety 
- Communication and Teamwork 
- Behaviour 
- Positive Environments and Health and Well-being 
- Safeguarding Children and Young People 
- Child Development and Factors that Influence Development 
- Child Observations and Supporting Learning and Development 
- Equality and Diversity and Supporting Children with Special Needs 
- Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People 

You will then select from a range of optional units. The choice you make will be dependent upon the role you are undertaking in your setting and employer feedback. These optional units include: 

- Support Children and Young People at Meal or Snack Times 
- Support Children and Young People with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs 
- Contribute to the Support of Children's Communication, Language and Literacy 
- Contribute to the Support of Children's Creative Development 

During your day in College guest speakers may visit to enrich your learning experience.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade D or above (3 or above) in English and maths, or Functional Skills Level 1 or above in English and maths. 

If you are concerned about the above entry requirements College based courses are available in Early Years, which will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to work within the sector.


This course is 50% practical and 50% theory. 

You will be assessed on written tasks. You will also be observed within your work setting.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course could lead to employment as a Nursery Assistant or progression on to an Advanced Apprenticeship. 

Progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Early Years will need GCSE grade C or above in English and maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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