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Children Care

This Apprenticeship is for people who work with children – from birth to 16-year-olds (and their families) – in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development. Workers in this area make sure children are looked after, kept active, happy and nourished. They also help children develop social and practical skills.

This Apprenticeship gives people a fulfilling opportunity to work with children and young people while also gaining an understanding into the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of their development. Equally, it ensures candidates put childcare theory into practice.

As an apprentice, the exact nature of your job role will depend on your employer. The Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is for those working under supervision such as a nursery assistant or playgroup assistant working with children under five.

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship is for those who work on their own initiative, planning and organising their own work and/or supervising others, for example, a nursery nurse, playgroup leader or a childminder working in their own home.

After successful completion of this Apprenticeship there is good scope for progression. You may move up through the levels of work, for example, from nursery assistant to nursery manager. There are also opportunities to undertake further training or assessment. 


Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Early Years Worker/Assistant
  • Care Worker/Assistant
  • Assistant Youth Support & Community Worker

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Nursery Worker/Supervisor
  • Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant



Two hundred early years apprentices will benefit from an increased bursary of £3,000 – up from £1,500 – with a further £300 available for training and study as part of the government’s drive to attract high quality candidates to the profession.

The bursaries – announced in May this year – are available to those taking part in an early years apprenticeship scheme. The first 200 successful applicants to the bursary scheme will secure the increased award of £3,000.

To be eligible, applicants will need to secure an apprenticeship position, for example, in a nursery, school nursery, or children’s centre that delivers the early learning places for two-year olds and hold at least a GCSE, at grade C or above, in English and maths.

The scheme, which is run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, is now open for applications. Apprenticeships are expected to take an average of 20 months to complete, and will consist of employment and study to gain recognised qualifications through various routes – including further education colleges.

Further information, including the application form, can be found on the department's website.
If you have any queries in relation to this scheme to please contact us.

Full details of the scheme, including the guidance document, application form are explained on our web pages here: department's website.


Last Updated: 12/03/2014

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Starting salary (once qualified): £9,000 - £12,000

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Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

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