A childcare worker cares for the basic needs of infants and toddlers, changing their nappies and preparing their meals. They also maintain the children’s schedules, such as play, nap, and meal times. Others things you will do include:
• Supervise and monitor the safety of children in your care
• Prepare meals and organise mealtimes and snacks for children
• Help children keep good hygiene
• Organise activities so that children can learn about the world and explore interests
• Develop schedules and routines to ensure that children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
• Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring the problems to the attention of parents
• Keep records of children’s progress, routines, and interest
You will introduce babies and toddlers to basic concepts by reading to them and playing with them. For example, you will teach young children how to share and take turns by playing games with other children. You may often help preschool-aged children prepare for primary school. You will use children’s play to improve the children’s language—for example, through storytelling and acting games—and their social skills—for example, through having them build something together. You may also involve the children in creative activities, such as art, dance, and music.
Childcare workers often watch school-aged children before and after school. They help these children with homework and ensure that they attend after-school activities, such as athletic practices and club meetings. During the summer, when children are out of school, childcare workers may watch older children as well as younger ones for the entire day while the parents are at work.
The aim of this apprenticeship is: To support the development of a highly qualified, well skilled workforce within the Children and Young People's sector, and ensure that children and young people accessing services in England gain the best possible care and support.
The duration of this Apprenticeship is 18-24 months. You will be required to attend college 1 day every month.
This is a Level 3 apprenticeship.
A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A*- C including:
• GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or Functional Skill in Maths Level 2
• GCSE English Language Grade C/4 or Functional Skill in English Level 2
Candidates must also undertake a recognised enhanced disclosure and barring service check
Working in a job role such as Nursery Worker/ Supervisor, Nursery Nurse/ Nursery Teaching Assistant for a minimum of 30hours per week.
If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be able to complete a Full Time course with us?
Where will it take me?
By the end of your apprenticeship you will have achieved:
Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator);
Functional Skill in ICT Level 2;
Employee Rights and Responsibilities;
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector. Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Nursery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Pre-school Manager/Co-ordinator, etc. There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Foundation Degrees in Early Years. This in turn will support the achievement of Early Years Professional Status (Graduate level).
Course Assessment Method
Where the qualification does not specify the use of a particular assessment method, then learners can be assessed by a range of methods including; Direct observation of tasks or activities, examination of work products produced by learners (e.g. diary notes, site notes, completed reports), review of records of ‘question and answer’ sessions covering specific aspects of the knowledge and understanding and Professional discussion. All of these assessment methods will build your portfolio of evidence.
Our assessors are industry experts who base their judgements on a variety of evidence that is accumulated ‘on the job’ e.g. observing the apprentice working, questioning them and/or judging a product made by the apprentices’. The tasks that each apprentice performs and the other evidence they provide to prove that they are competent is different for each assessment.