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Apprenticeships - Level 2 Apprenticeship Framework 445 - Children and Young People's Workforce at Wakefield College

Course description

This qualification is for anyone working with children and young people in day nurseries, crèches, playgroups and schools. You can start your qualification any time during the year.

Course content

What you will study

You will achieve 31 credits from the mandatory units and four from the optional units. In total you will require at least 35 credits to achieve the full Certificate.

You will learn essential areas of childcare such as communication, building relationships, keeping children safe, how to create a safe, happy and learning environment, basic child development, and equality and diversity.

You will also be expected to work towards Functional Skills qualifications in Maths , English and IT at the designated Level, unless you have already achieved an acceptable equivalent. Maths , English and IT are key elements of apprenticeship
programmes and if you do not already have a GCSE at grade 9-4 or A*-C in these subjects you will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate levels.

Skills in Maths and English will support your apprenticeship programme, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How you will learn

1- 1 with your allocated assessor.


Entry requirements

You must be employed in a day nursery, crèche, playgroup or school. You will also need Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy qualifications. If you do not have the relevant level of qualification, we can assess your current level of literacy and numeracy and you will be supported to achieve such as this is part of the apprenticeship framework.


You will be allocated an Assessor who will assess you in your workplace by observing you carrying out your daily tasks and duties.

You will be required to answer written/oral questions and record what you do at work. Your assessor will help you build a portfolio of work.

You should also be given some time off during your working week to complete your college work.

Financial information

There are no costs to students aged between 16 and 18. 

For cost to students aged 19 and over please contact Apprenticeship and Commercial Training on 01924 789715, requesting to speak to the Childcare team

Future opportunities

Further study

If you move into a job role with supervisory responsibility, your next step would be the EYE level 3.

Career opportunities

The Certificate and Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce can help you develop your career as a childminder, nanny, youth worker, nursery nurse or nursery manager. You could work in Local Authority or privately run nurseries, Sure Start Childrens Centres, nursery or primary schools, playgroups or pre-schools.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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: 03 July 2019
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