Childcare Apprenticeships

A career supporting children's early learning and development is a very rewarding experience. As a Nursery/Preschool/Childminder Assistant you could be working with babies, toddlers & preschoolers, assisting them with personal care as well as physical, intellectual, emotional, social and communication development. You would be encouraging them to walk, talk, sing, cut, draw, paint or play.

Essential skills are good communication, organisation, creativity, empathy, diplomacy and team working.

You will initially be working under close supervision, but as you gain experience you will be expected to use your initiative and identify tasks that need doing.

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

With the increase of government funding for Early Years the demand for places is set to increase and settings are expected to expand and new ones open.


Main Duties & Responsibilities

The role of a Childcare worker can vary from setting to setting, depending on the needs and age of the 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, preschools, schools and local authorities.

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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