West Thames College London

Apprenticeship in Childcare - Advanced

Approximately 73% of paid staff working in childcare have at least a Level 3 qualification, which reflects the previous government’s policy aimed at encouraging staff working in an under 8 childcare environment to be qualified to this level. In the future this will be a requirement for all childcare practitioners.

This 18 month apprenticeship will give you a great start into a career in childcare.

Key course features


CACHE Level 3 Diploma in the Children and Young People’s Workforce

Level: Level 3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 03 October 2016

About the course

You will study:

Mandatory units:
  • Understand children and young people’s development
  • Promote children and young people’s 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 involved in their care
  • Work 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
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understand and promote children and young people's development
  • Health and safety
  • Develop, maintain and support positive relationships
  • Promote communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.
All units in one of the following pathways must be achieved:
  • Early learning and childcare
  • Social care
  • Learning, development and support services
Optional units are available in the following areas:
  • Working with parents
  • Positive behaviour
  • Learning and development
  • Disabilities and special educational needs
  • Speech, language and communication
  • Children and young people at risk
  • Physical and nutritional needs
  • Independent living
  • The referral procedure
  • Different childcare services
  • Positive relationships
  • Providing information and advice
  • The education process.
You will also complete courses in:
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Mathematics functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • ICT level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.
How will I be assessed?

Competence qualification

You must achieve a minimum of 65 credits to achieve this qualification. Some units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

Knowledge qualification: Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Most of the knowledge you will learn in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online, in the workplace and by attending additional courses run by Hounslow Early Years.

Personal learning and thinking skills

Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.
You will be required to keep an ongoing reflective journal for the duration of the course.

Transferable skills qualifications

  • Mathematics Level 2
  • English Level 2
  • ICT Level 2

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

Where next?

Successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship will enable you to progress in your career to a role such as nursery supervisor, nursery manager, pre-school manager or co-ordinator.

You will also have the opportunity to go on to further study, such as the Foundation Degree in Early Years, or when you have completed the Level 3 Diploma you can progress to the Advanced Level 3 Diploma in the Children and Young People’s Workforce, completing the additional units and assignments to gain the full qualification.

Entry requirements

For the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, you should be willing to work at least 30 hours per week in a nursery or in a school’s reception or nursery class, and have successfully completed your probationary period.

You should also have a Level 2 Diploma or equivalent in childcare or health and care and be able to demonstrate a good underpinning knowledge of the sector. Occasionally we accept applicants who do not have any prior qualifications, but who have at least one year’s work or voluntary experience in the childcare sector at a level where they may be working on their own or supervising others.

You will need to undertake a criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service to determine that you have no criminal offences that could put children or staff at risk.

How to apply?

Please view our current live vacancies and apply today.

Alternatively to register your interest in this apprenticeship click on the button below and complete the form.


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