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Childcare Level 3 apprenticeship
Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeship Overview
The qualifications are knowledge and practice based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice in employment. This qualification is primarily for those working, or seeking to work in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of 8 years and NHS children’s services for those working with families and children aged 0-19 years. It is designed for learners in work based learning. The qualification will assess learners’ knowledge and practice through their work who will be able to demonstrate that they:
• Understand, and apply in practice, the principles and values which underpin children’s care, play, learning and development• Understand, and apply, in practice, child-centred approaches to care, play and learning
• Promote and support child development through their own practice
• Are aware of key policies within the sector and how these affect service development and delivery
• Work in partnership with children, their families, carers and a range of professionals
• Reflect on practice to continuously improve
• Apply a range of problem-solving techniques
• Use literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills as appropriate within their role To achieve the Apprenticeship, learners will complete the level 2 Child Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core alongside the Level 3 Diploma Child Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice.
Who is the course suitable for?
• Learners working in a childcare setting undertaking Level 3 roles and responsibilities
• Learners who have achieved the Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core or Practice qualification
• Those working in Flying Start, and those delivering the curriculum for 3 to 7-year-olds in Wales
• Learners who hold a Level 2 legacy qualification as listed in the Qualifications Framework for Social Care and Regulated Childcare in Wales.
What is covered on the course?
The mandatory content of the qualification is aligned to the All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare with a specific practical focus on children under the age of 8yrs supported by knowledge and understanding of child development up to the age of 18yrs. Learners. The following topics are featured as mandatory:
• Principles and values
• Health, well-being, learning and development
• Professional practice
• Safeguarding children
• Health and safety
• Child development
• Speech, language and communication
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the following:
• Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core Level 3
• Essential Skills in Maths and English Level 2 (if applicable)
• Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice Level 3
How is the apprenticeship delivered?
This qualification is delivered in workshops via Zoom by a Knowledge Coach and assessed at our registered centre.
The qualification covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the new All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare and reflects a range of different roles and ages. Completing this qualification enables learners to:
• Develop their knowledge and understanding of the core principles and values which underpin children’s care, play, learning and development practice
• Develop their knowledge and understanding of ways of working in the children’s care, play, learning and development sectors
• Develop knowledge and understanding which informs effective practice within children’s care, play, learning and development
• Have the core knowledge and understanding to support progression on to further study or employment within children’s care, play, learning and development.
The Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core qualification is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment. Candidates must successfully complete:
• Three externally set, internal scenario-based assessments; and• One externally set, externally marked multiple-choice test.
This qualification is delivered mainly in the workplace by a Vocational Coach, with integrated Zoom meetings.The learner must successfully complete;• An externally set, internally marked set of tasks• A portfolio of evidence• A professional discussion.
Candidates must successfully complete:
• Three externally set, internal scenario-based assessments; and
• One externally set, externally marked multiple-choice test.
This qualification is delivered mainly in the workplace by a Vocational Coach, with integrated Zoom meetings.
The learner must successfully complete;
• An externally set, internally marked set of tasks
• A portfolio of evidence
• A discussion with their assessor
These qualifications are fundamental to the skills agenda in Wales. Essential Skills qualifications enable learners to develop their knowledge and application of numbers, communication and digital literacy skills. Essential Skills qualifications help learners to develop and demonstrate that they can apply these vital skills to a range of situations whilst at work, in learning and throughout life.
The qualifications are part of the apprenticeship framework and are taught through workshop delivery by Skills Coaches who are experts in this area. Skills Coaches offer a hybrid approach to teaching and learning ahead of learners completing the Controlled Task and Confirmatory Test. The qualifications comprise of a Controlled Task and end Confirmatory Online Test.
The task is completed in a supervised environment and the test must be invigilated. Both must be undertaken in one of our registered testing centres. Apprentices will also complete:
• Essential Application of Number (EAonS ) Level 1
• Essential Communication (ECommS) Level 1
Your 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.
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.
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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