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Apprenticeships and CPD Training for Early Years and Childminders
Why choose an Early Years Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship or qualification in childcare is a great way to start a career in working with children in the UK. Through on-the-job training and classroom learning, you can gain experience and a recognized qualification, such as a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce. This can open up opportunities for career advancement and provide the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the field of childcare.
An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning. As an apprentice in childcare, you will work in a childcare setting while also completing a qualification, such as a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce.
The length of an apprenticeship in childcare can vary depending on the level of the qualification, but typically ranges from one to two years.
Yes, apprentices in childcare are paid a wage, which is usually at least the national minimum wage for apprentices
A Level 2 qualification in childcare provides an introduction to working with children and young people, while a Level 3 qualification provides a more in-depth understanding of child development and the skills needed to lead and manage a team.
Yes, you can do an apprenticeship in childcare even if you don't have any previous experience. However, you will need to demonstrate an interest in and commitment to working with children.
As an apprentice in childcare, you will be expected to assist with a range of tasks, such as supervising children, preparing and leading activities, maintaining a safe and clean environment, and communicating with parents and colleagues.
Yes, you will be assigned a mentor or supervisor who will provide guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship. They will also assess your progress and provide feedback.
What career opportunities are available in childcare after completing an apprenticeship or qualification?
After completing an apprenticeship or qualification in childcare, you may be able to progress to a senior or managerial position within a childcare setting. Alternatively, you may choose to continue your education and pursue a degree in a related field, such as early childhood education or child psychology.
In England, apprenticeship funding is provided by the government to cover the cost of training for apprentices. The funding is available to employers who are willing to take on apprentices and can be used to cover the cost of training, assessment, and certification. The amount of funding available depends on the apprenticeship level and age of the apprentice, with additional funding available for apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds. Employers may also be eligible for additional funding incentives, such as a bonus payment for hiring a new apprentice or a wage subsidy for apprentices aged 16-18. Overall, apprenticeship funding is designed to support the training and development of apprentices in England and to encourage employers to invest in their workforce.