Childcare Level 2
What will I be doing?
For those that are energetic and love children, the level 2 apprenticeship in Childcare is a fantastic opportunity to get started in the industry and gain essential qualifications.
During the apprenticeship, you will work in a supporting role as a nursery assistant, crèche worker, or educational needs assistant to gain hands-on experience, and get a real insight into what it takes to work in childcare. The level 2 will provide you with a foundation of skills needed to take your career in childcare to the next level.
To ensure the wellbeing and education of the children, some of your responsibilities will involve:
- Supporting the young person’s development through play, communication, and numeracy
- Providing a challenging and stimulating environment for the children
- Supporting positive behaviour and responding effectively to inappropriate behaviour
- Understanding the kinds of influences that can effect a young person’s development.
- Giving the children choices, and planning out their experiences
What qualifications will I get?
You will achieve a level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, and if required, level 2 Functional Skills in Mathematics, English, and ICT.
The level 2 certificate in Childcare will give you a foundation of knowledge, which you can then strengthen with the level 3 apprenticeship in Childcare.
What are the entry requirements?
There are no formal entry requirements to enrol on this apprenticeship.
However, due to the nature of the role you will be required to undergo a CRB check. You should also be of a warm, respectful and outgoing nature.
What can I do afterwards?
The apprenticeship assists career progression for those working in a childcare setting such as a nursery, pre-school or crèche.
The apprenticeship could lead to roles such as a nursery nurse, childminder, or special educational needs assistant. However a further variety of roles could open up to you after completing the level 3 apprenticeship in Childcare.
I think this is a very rewarding job, especially in the baby unit where some of the children have taken their first steps with us. Some parents don't get to see that, but I do.My tutors have also been really good, really supportive. Someone's always there.I'd now love to be a childcare manager, or one day own my own nursery.
–Kyra Wightman, ex-trainee, now Childcare level 2 apprentice.