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Children and Young People’s Workforce Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Milton Keynes College

Course description

The Children and Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0-19, primarily within Early Learning & Childcare, Children’s Social Care, Learning Development and Support Services) makes up 10% of the labour market in England and includes people working in all sectors of the economy. There are approximately 2.7 million people working with children and young people in England.

Course content

You will be required to achieve 65 credits which will include the following mandatory units:
• Understand child and young person development
• Promote child and young person development
• Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
• Support children and young people’s health and safety
• Develop positive relationships with children, young people and others in their care
• Working together for the benefit of children and young people
• Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
• Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children and young people’s settings. Optional units will be discussed with your assessor according to your job role.

Entry requirements

To take part in this programme you will need:
- Academic competence –Candidates ideally require a Level 2 in Early Years Care or BTEC First Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development L2, L3 Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. This is not a mandatory requirement if they have been working in a care setting at the appropriate level to be able to cover the standards for a minimum of three months.
- English and/or Maths GCSE Grades D or above, or English and maths following a BKSB diagnostic at L2 in both or alternatively an Adult Literacy or Numeracy certificate at L2. ICT L2 would be advantageous.
- Behaviours/Work experience/employability skills – Applicants need to have three+ months’ work experience in working on their own or supervising others in a nursery, play setting to enrol on this course with at least 30 hours placement hours per week as a mandatory requirement. A current enhanced CRB/DBS for the placement you are working is essential. Desirable job titles are: Nursery worker/supervisor, Nursery Nurse or Nursery teaching Assistant.


The majority of the programme is assessed in the workplace, however you will be required to attend College 1 day per week. You will also need to gather evidence to demonstrate your competence. You will be allocated a named assessor who will guide and support you throughout your Apprenticeship programme.

Future opportunities

It is anticipated that learners will progress to the Level 5 Leadership and Management in Childcare Services (QCF).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 April 2016
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