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Childcare level 3
This apprenticeship will develop your employees’ skills and knowledge whilst increasing their work experience as either a nursery manager, crèche supervisor or supervising others in the early years childcare sector. It can also advance them into a supervisory or management position. As a higher level apprentice they will be working within childcare at a level where they will either be working on their own or supervising others. The learner will be placed in a position where they will be able to demonstrate prior experience in this sector and can demonstrate the competencies required at this level.
This work-based qualification enables the learner to develop their abilities and demonstrate their skills in your setting.
Who is it suitable for?
The advanced apprenticeship is aimed at people that work under their own initiative, planning and organising their own workload and supervising others e.g. Playgroup Leader, Childminder or Room Supervisor. This is an essential qualification for all practitioners delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage.
This qualification can be completed by existing or new employees.
What is included in the apprenticeship in England?
- Diploma for the early years practitioner (early years educator) level 3
- Functional skills – Maths level 2
- Functional skills – English level 2
- Functional skills – ICT level 2
- End Point Assessment – Including a portfolio of evidence, a multiple-choice exam and a professional discussion
What is included in the apprenticeship in Wales?
- Level 3 diploma for children’s care, learning and development
- Essential skills application of number – Level 2
- Essential skills communication – Level 2
How long does it take?
Your childcare apprenticeship questions answered
Click below for answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
What are my responsibilities as an employer to my apprentice?
There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship. You must pay an apprentice’s wages and the role must help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve the apprenticeship with support.
You will need to have:
- an apprenticeship agreement in place with their apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship
- a commitment statement signed by the apprentice, yourself as the employer and us as the training provider
- for employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and use the apprenticeship service; you will need to have a contract for services in place which we can support with
- an apprenticeship in place for at least one year
- the apprentice on the correct wage for their age, for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and doing further study
Can my existing staff start an apprenticeship?
Of course! Placing your existing staff on an apprenticeship is a great way of upskilling your employees and uncovering your future managers. It can be a great way of motivating and rewarding your staff by committing to their continued personal development within your business.
How does the apprentice learn?
Apprentices do most of their learning at work and benefit from regular contact with their dedicated assigned assessor. There is coursework to be completed while on the course, which is to be submitted online, however, the knowledge to complete this is provided while learning inside your business.
How much do I have to pay an apprentice?
Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices if they are aged 19 and under or aged 19 and over and in their first year of an apprenticeship.
Apprentices are often paid higher amounts as their skills develop and we encourage employers to do so
Why should I take on an apprentice?
Apprentices can bring fresh new ideas to your business allowing them to grow and thrive. You gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way. They can motivate your workforce more and overall enhance your business performance while addressing skills shortages in your business.
Would my apprentices have to go to college?
No, with our apprenticeships there is no formal need to attend college. All training is done in-house in your business via your apprentices dedicated assigned assessor.
Why choose us
We can help you to choose an apprenticeship course that is right for your employees, or support you with recruitment to fill an apprenticeship vacancy. We work closely with you and the learner will help to develop the skills needed for your setting. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your business needs.
We are able to tap into a talent pool overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into apprenticeship roles.
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