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?
Requirements include C and above in maths and English GCSE.
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.