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Children & Young People’s Workforce (Early Years) Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship at Brooklands College

Course description

If you would like to work with children then a Childcare Apprenticeship is a great start onto your chosen career ladder.  You will learn about the theory behind how children learn and develop and how to make sure they are nourished, active and happy.  You will then see how these ideas are put into practice in your place of work.  Job roles this could lead onto include nursery assistant or playgroup assistant.

An apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce will develop your
employability skills and provide you with valuable skills and experience working
in an early years setting.

You must be working in a childcare environment, typically working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training time).  Apprentices will need to have a contract of employment (if working less than 30 hours per week, apprentices must work a minimum of 16 hours per week, and the overall apprenticeship length will be extended pro-rata).

You will be working in a nursery or day care setting; your exact duties will depend on your employer. Your duties will include making sure that the children are well looked after, kept active and nourished. Your role will also require you to help children to develop social and practical skills.

Course content

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s workforce.
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Functional Skills level 1 in Maths, English and ICT
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Mandatory units include:

  • Child and Young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Understanding the partnership working in services for children and young people

Additional units can include:

  • Introduction to duty of health, social care of children and young people’s setting
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Understand the needs of children and young people who are vulnerable and experiencing poverty and disadvantage

An apprentice must choose an additional 3 credits (minimum) from the knowledge only units within the optional unit bank. This will ensure the apprentice meets the minimum 10 credit requirement for knowledge only elements.

Entry requirements

If you have not achieved a Grade C or above at GCSE within the last 5 years you will need to complete Functional Skills.

You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the Childcare sector

. All applicants for apprenticeship training will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments. All successful candidates will be required to undergo a DBS check through their employer.


An assessor will assess you in your work place environment providing ongoing support to compile your portfolio of evidence which will also include written assignments.

You will need to complete Function Skills level 1 in Maths, English and ICT.  These are assessed through external examinations.

Financial information

Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 - 18 years.

Future opportunities

This qualification is an excellent route into employment working in a childcare
setting, or you may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma for the Early
Years Workforce.

Job roles include, assistant pre-school worker, assistant in a children’s
residential care home.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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