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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed to help learners build the skills and knowledge required for working with children and young people. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas.  As well as gaining a respected national qualification, you will develop confidence, motivation, self-esteem and skills in communication and teamwork.

The course is designed for apprentices in roles such as Early Years worker/assistant.  The apprenticeship is for 12-24 months.

Entry requirements

You must be over 16 years old and working in a child care environment, providing support to children under the supervision of a senior member of staff. You must have a satisfactory DBS check. You will also need to demonstrate sufficient skills in literacy and numeracy to support the children with whom you work.

Course Content

The apprenticeship course content is:

  • Functional Skills: Maths, Engllsh and ICT Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Thinking and Learning Skills 
  • NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young Persons' Workforce

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of written tasks and observed practice.  You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you in the workplace to action plan your progress, observe you in practice and assess your portfolio.  You will also attend College weekly for vocational programme delivery. You will also need to attend Functional Skills classes which will be assessed through controlled assessment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need an e-portfolio.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce. Please note that GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above is an entry requirement for this Level 3 course.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus. Before embarking on her apprenticeship,
Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.


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