Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeships

Childcare Level 3 Apprenticeship Course


of our learners would recommend us


of our learners have passed their EPA with a Merit or Distinction


of employers would recommend us


of traineeship learners have developed their careers as a result of the programme

Childcare Level 3 Apprenticeship Overview

The childcare level 3 apprenticeship is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas in and across the health and social care sector.

This early learning work-based qualification enables the learner (apprentice) to develop their abilities and demonstrate their skills in a workplace setting. The childcare level 3 apprenticeship qualification can be completed by existing or new employees.

The benefits of a childcare level 3 apprenticeship:

The childcare level 3 apprenticeship is a higher education course for students and existing employers who want to upskill. Apprentices working towards a level 3 provide new working opportunities for employers, which will help them grow and develop confidently within their workplace. Learning new skills and knowledge of child development enables them to promote enriching learning environments for all children to learn and develop.

Upon completion of the childcare level 3 apprenticeship, apprentices will achieve a recognised and accredited level 3 Early Years qualification. They will become a qualified practitioner and will also achieve a full paediatric first aid qualification.

Who is the childcare level 3 apprenticeship suitable for?

The childcare level 3 apprenticeship is most suited to childcare workers who work across a variety of settings, which could include: social care settings with children aged 0-19 years, youth/community setting and more.

Whether you are an employer looking to upskill your employee or you’re seeking a new childcare apprenticeship, at Aspiration Training we cover a range of childcare apprenticeships across England and Wales.

We will find the most suitable childcare apprenticeship suitable for your employees needs and career direction. If you’re unsure that childcare is right for you or your employee then check out our other learning courses. We cover apprenticeships from health and social care, to dental nursing and much more.

The childcare level 3 apprenticeship is perfect for the following areas:

  • Nursery Worker/Supervisors
  • Nursery Nurses
  • Nursery Teaching Assistants
  • Early Years Workers/Assistants
  • Nursery Practitioners
  • Classroom Assistants
  • Care Workers/Assistants
  • Assistant Youth Supporters
  • Assistant Childcare Worker
  • Community Workers
  • Other similar roles

If there is a childcare role you are interested in which isn’t featured on the list above, get in touch with our trusted apprenticeship providers and we will find something that suits you best.

About the childcare level 3 apprenticeship

The childcare level 3 apprenticeship takes 18 months to complete.

The areas you or your employee will be studying include;

  • Supporting healthy lifestyles for learners
  • Promoting children’s emotional wellbeing
  • Understanding the value of play and working in partnership with others

This higher level childcare course consists of an assessment at your workplace, as well as completion of assignments.

Aspiration Training will support your employee throughout the course with an assessor and also with the option of online learning. Details of the role may slightly differ depending on the employer, however, you will cover the main aspects in every role.

When taking on a childcare level 3 apprenticeship course the majority of time will be spent learning in the workplace. Your apprentice will receive regular workplace assessments which will assess competency. They will be required to sit various exams during the programme in addition to creating a portfolio of their learning to present at the end of their apprenticeship.

What is included in a childcare level 3 apprenticeship?

This course will allow your apprentice to build a foundation of skills which are needed to be successful. Your apprentice will work through a variety of modules to gain the experience and skills needed to succeed, including:

  • Understand children’s early years education and development
  • Implementing early years foundation stage
  • Understand how to promote play and learning in the early years
  • Support children’s outdoor play
  • Employment rights and responsibilities

On successful completion of the course your apprentice will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Children & young people’s workforce / social care pathway level 3
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • Functional Skills English Level 2
  • Functional Skills ICT Level 2
  • Apprenticeship Achievement Certificate

Your childcare level 3 apprenticeship questions answered

See below our answers to some frequently asked questions related to our childcare level 3 apprenticeship learning course. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Why should I take on an apprentice?

Close Icon

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.

What are my responsibilities as an employer to my apprentice?

Close Icon

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?

Close Icon

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?

Close Icon

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?

Close Icon

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

Would my apprentices have to go to college?

Close Icon

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 for your level 3 childcare apprentice?

We can help you to choose the right 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, to help 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.


Don’t just take our word for it, hear what some of our employers and learners have to say…

Monmouthshire Youth Service – Learner

Our experience with Aspiration Training has been a really positive one. Our assessor supported and challenged us throughout the apprenticeship, and empowered us to successfully achieve our qualifications within the allocated timescale.

Learn More

Why an apprenticeship?
Why an apprenticeship?
What is an apprenticeship?
What is an apprenticeship?
About us
About us

Make an enquiry

Get in touch for advice and information on apprenticeships and all our other available courses.