Childcare Apprenticeships

Help A Young Child Become Confident and Capable

Join A Growing Industry

A career supporting children's early learning and development is a very rewarding experience. As a Nursery/Pre-school/Childminder Assistant you could be working with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, assisting them with personal care as well as physical, intellectual, emotional, social and communication development. You'll be encouraging them to walk, talk, sing, cut, draw, paint or play - helping them grow into confident and capable children.

You'll need to have, and develop, skills in communication, organisation, creativity, empathy, diplomacy and team working. Initially working under close supervision, as you gain experience you'll be expected to use your initiative and work more autonomously, identifying tasks and seeing opportunities to work better.

With the increase of government funding for Early Years, the demand for places is set to increase and childcare centres and nurseries are expected to expand and many more new ones to open.

You can find Childcare Apprenticeship jobs in our Vacancies area or on the government site Find An Apprenticeship. We also post our vacancies on Facebook and Twitter.

Before you can start working with children you'll need to complete a DBS, Disclosure and Barring Service, enhanced background check.


Main Duties & Responsibilities

The role of a Childcare worker can vary from setting to setting, depending on the needs and age of the children. All of the activites are designed to help youngsters grow, become more social and develop into confident children. Some of the main duties and responsibilities could include:

  • Setting up and clearing away activities
  • Assisting children with craft activities, music and cooking
  • Assisting with outdoor play
  • Supporting bathroom visits/changing nappies
  • Reading stories and provide activities to support language skills
  • Supporting singing
  • Helping children learn numeracy skills through activities like counting games
  • Preparing snacks
  • Supporting eating/feeding babies
  • Completing keyworker files regarding developmental progress, from your observations
  • Planning activities
  • Working to early years foundation stage standards
  • Liaising with parents

Progression Options

Your progression options enable you to work for employers that include nurseries, pre-schools, schools and local authorities, from entry level through to management.

Qualification Jobs
Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children & Young People's Workforce Nursery Assistant
Preschool Assistant
Childminder Assistant
Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children & Young People's Workforce Nursery Assistant
Preschool Assistant
Childminder Assistant
One to One Support Worker
Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies Deputy Manager
Full Degree Early Years Professional Status Honours Degree Manager
Early Years Advisor
Post Graduate Certificate in Education Early Years Class Teacher
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