Childcare Level 2 & 3

Children and Young People's Workforce

This framework is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the Children & Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0-19, primarily within Early Learning & Childcare; Children's Social Care; Residential Childcare). This framework is suitable for those looking to join the Children & Young People's Workforce and also those already working in the sector.

The EPPE Project (Effective Provision of Pre-school Education) 1997-2003, showed direct links between the quality of pre-school education and care, and child development. Some of the key findings are below: Key findings over the pre-school period Impact of attending a pre-school:  

  • Pre-school experience, compared to none, enhances all-round development in children. 
  • Duration of attendance (in months) is important; an earlier start (under age 3 years) is related to better intellectual development. 
  • Full time attendance led to no better gains for children than part-time provision. 
  • Disadvantaged children benefit significantly from good quality pre-school experiences, especially where they are with a mixture of children from different social backgrounds. 
  • Overall disadvantaged children tend to attend pre-school for shorter periods of time than those from more advantaged groups (around 4-6 months less).  

Effects of quality and specific ‘practices’ in pre-school:  High quality pre-schooling is related to better intellectual and social/behavioural development for children. 

  • Settings that have staff with higher qualifications have higher quality scores and their children make more progress. 
  • Quality indicators include warm interactive relationships with children, having a trained teacher as manager and a good proportion of trained teachers on the staff. 
  • Where settings view educational and social development as complementary and equal in importance, children make better all round progress. 
  • Effective pedagogy includes interaction traditionally associated with the term “teaching”, the provision of instructive learning environments and ‘sustained shared thinking’ to extend children’s learning.  

It is therefore vital that the workforce are able to demonstrate the right qualities and gain the appropriate qualifications in order to support children and young people to gain the best start in life and provide them with a safe and secure environment. This framework will support apprentices to do this.

Apprenticesip Framework Learning Aims

  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate or Diploma for Children & Young Peoples Workforce , 
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1 or 2, 
  • Functional Skills English Level 1 or 2,
  • Functional Skills ICT Level 1 or 2,
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities 

Assessment & Training

You will build a portfolio of evidence to meet the course criteria. This evidence can be from reflective accounts of your experience in the workplace, written work, observation by your assessor and witness statements from your work supervisor. Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed. Tasks may include developing working relationships, managing personal or team performance, communication in a business environment, providing reception services, monitor information systems, analyse & present business data and produce business documents.   The functional skills elements of this courses may require you to sit an exam.


This Apprenticeship lasts between 12 and 18 months. Start dates throughout the year

Eligibility for Funding

This qualification can be funded through Apprenticeship funding for all employees aged 16 and over. 

Employers who pay into the Apprenticeship Levy can use their levy pot to fund the fully costs of this qualification if they have the funds available. 

Co-financed options are available and the employer contribution is Level 2 £200 & Level 3 £250. 

Small employers do not need to contribute to the cost of Apprenticeship training. 

For futher details please visit our Apprenticeship Funding page.

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