Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeships

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Childcare level 3


This childcare level 3 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 childcare 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 this apprenticeship it suitable for?

The advanced childcare apprenticeship is aimed at people that work under their own initiative, planning and organising their own workload and supervising others e.g. a key worker, Playgroup Leader or someone looking to progress on from the Early years Practitioner level 2. 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 childcare level 3 apprenticeship in England?

  • Diploma for the early years practitioner (early years educator) level 3
  • Functional skills – Maths level 2
  • Functional skills – English level 2
  • End Point Assessment – Including a portfolio of evidence, a multiple-choice exam and a professional discussion

What is included in the childcare 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

Off the Job Training

Off the Job training is one of the key principles of apprenticeships to provide a varied and wide learning experience. 20% of all working hours will be used to gain new skills and experiences to broaden a learner’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Examples could include:

  • The teaching of theory (for example: teaching sessions, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning),
  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, training courses, attendance at competitions, learning new skills.
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments or projects

What is included in the End Point Assessment?

The End-Point Assessment will use three assessment methods:

  • A portfolio of evidence
  • A professional discussion
  • A multiple choice knowledge test

How long does the childcare level 3 apprenticeship take?

The childcare level 3 apprenticeship can take up to 18 months to complete.


Your childcare level 3 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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 childcare level 3 apprenticeship

We can help you to choose an apprenticeship 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 practice. 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…

Reach Learning Disabilities – Employer

“We have found the support and guidance that Aspiration Training provide to be first class. The service is professional and seamless from sign up to completion”

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.


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