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Childcare Pre-Apprenticeship at Bolton College

Course description

Our Apprenticeship programmes will give you vital hands-on experience, learning from real life situations, with the guidance of industry professionals. You’ll gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in your chosen career.

Workers in childcare need to be imaginative, patient, understanding and commit themselves fully to the wellbeing of children.

This Apprenticeship is designed to prepare you working in early years. There are many different career paths you could take with a Childcare Apprenticeship: from Child-Minder or Nanny to Playgroup Leader or Child Psychologist.

The course is a great way to build on your skills and gain a recognised qualification whilst also earning a salary. Plus, 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their Apprenticeship!*

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What you'll learn

Each Apprenticeship is exclusively tailored to your training needs because it is based around your daily tasks and duties. You will develop skills in:

  • Supporting Creative Play
  • Providing Story Telling Sessions
  • Leading Music & Movement Activities
  • Paediatric First Aid

We encourage English & maths study to Level 3 if required for your chosen HE course or career.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have a genuine desire to work with children in an early years setting.

To complete an Apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to support you throughout your training. If you have not found one, we can help you with your search.

We’d like to see a proven track record of excellent attendance at work/school, along with a good reference from school/a previous employer.


There is no formal assessment, however, your Apprenticeship tutor/assessor will visit you in your workplace at least once to provide support.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help, in the form of bursaries, is also available for some 16-18 year old students coming to College (i.e. for those receiving income support in their own right, for those in care and for those with severe disabilities).

If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482191; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!


Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship, you could progress onto full-time employment, professional job-specific qualifications, Higher Apprenticeships or a degree programme.

Following further study you could work as:

  • A Nursery Assistant where you can earn between £10,000 and £16,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Childminder with average earnings of £16,000 a year, however this can vary depending on how many children you look after and how many days you provide care for.
  • A Nanny, earning between £15,500 and £26,000 a year.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


The College will support you throughout your time here. In College, you will receive personal support from your tutor; out of College, you will have your own personal Assessor, who will visit you in the workplace.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm


Disclaimer: The Government is currently introducing positive Apprenticeship reform with the creation of Employer Trailblazer Groups, who are developing new Apprenticeship standards. As such, Apprenticeship qualifications may be subject to change.

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: 21 December 2018
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