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Apprenticeship in Childcare - Intermediate at West Thames College

Course description

There are approximately 2.7 million people working with children and young people in England, making up approximately 10% of the labour market. However, approximately 11% of paid staff working in childcare have no qualifications.

High quality pre-schooling is related to better intellectual and social/behavioural development for children. It is therefore vital that the workforce achieve appropriate qualifications in order to support children and young people to gain the best start in life.

The qualifications contain units that are shared across related workforces – children’s services, schools support services, health, care and playwork. This supports the development of transferable knowledge and skills and helps to develop a more flexible workforce.

Course content

Overview of units for Certificate in the Children and Young People’s Workforce

  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Introduction to personal development in heath, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Contribute to the support of child and young person development
  • Contribute to children and young people’s health and safety
  • Contribute to the support of the positive environments for children and young people
  • Understand partnership working in services for children and young people
  • Paediatric emergency first aid (if you have a current paediatric first aid certificate you may only need to do the assessment activities for these units)
  • Managing paediatric illness and injury
  • Plus optional units which will be chosen to enhance your knowledge and professional development in order to progress to Level 3

Entry requirements

For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older, working at least 30 hours per week in a school or nursery and have successfully completed your probationary period. You must also have completed a Level 1 Certificate or equivalent in childcare or health and care or be able to demonstrate a good underpinning knowledge of the sector, and have grade D or above in English and at least one other subject. You will need to undertake a criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service to determine that you have no criminal offences that could put children or staff at risk.


To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

Competence qualification

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Children and Young People’s Workforce. You must achieve a minimum of 35 credits to achieve this qualification. An overview of the units you will study can be found overleaf. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

Knowledge qualification

Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Most of the knowledge you will learn in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and in the workplace.

Personal learning and thinking skills

Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills: creative thinking, independent enquiry, reflective learning, self-management, teamwork and effective participation. You will be required to keep an ongoing reflective journal for the duration of the course.

Financial information

You do not pay to complete an apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may decide to go on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Childcare which will also enable you to progress in your career, possibly taking on a higher level of work in an unsupervised role such as nursery supervisor, childminder or foster carer. This pathway also provides you with a good opportunity to move across the wider children’s workforce, should you wish to do so.

Further information

For details call our apprenticeship team on 020 8326 2010 or email

View all apprenticeships at West Thames College.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 12 months, one day at college, four days in the workplace
  • Course code: APP0145
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