Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Childcare

Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time.


What will you do?

You will be employed working in a Childcare environment, and will be paid a minimum of the National Apprenticeship Wage which is currently £2.60 per hour. You will work towards a Vocational Qualification and Functional Skills.


What are the entry requirements?

You will need to complete functional skills assessments which will help to clarify what Level of qualification you will be able to study.


Employers may have their own entry requirements and some prefer learners to have GCSE grades C/D in Maths and English.


What job will you do?

As an apprentice, the exact nature of your job role will depend on your employer.


The Intermediate Apprenticeship is for those working under supervision such as a nursery assistant, playgroup assistant working in an out of school setting.


The Advanced 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.


How long does your apprenticeship take to complete?

The Apprenticeship is normally completed in 24 months.


What opportunities are available afterwards?

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


Vocational Qualification (QCF)

You will need to achieve the following QCF at Level 2 or Level 3:

  • Children and the Young People's Workforce


Functional Skills

You will work to achieve the following Functional Skills:

  • English
  • Maths 


The level of qualification depends on the level of framework being undertaken.


You will discuss your individual needs with your employer and college representative.



Please download an application form or contact the team below for more information, advice and guidance:


Student Services

Doncaster College

The Hub

Chappell Drive


DN1 2RF     


Tel: 0800 358 7575  

Email: click here

Disclaimer: All courses are run subject to numbers, and every effort is made to ensure the information on this leaflet is correct. Doncaster College reserves the right to amend the contents as deemed necessary. 

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