Childcare Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship


Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Your Study Programme:

Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce (FRA03313: issue 15) pathway 1: Children and Young People’s Workforce which includes:

  • NEW CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England) (QCF)  (Qual aim: 60133958)
  • ICT at Level 1 or above depending on level at entry (exemptions may apply and will be discussed on application)
  • Maths and English GCSE (or functional skills level 1 depending on level on entry; exemptions may apply)
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities.

Entry Requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and demonstrate competence within their chosen area working at Level 2. 
  • Must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours* per week and have experience of working at Level 2 within the sector.
  • Have completed an initial assessment of their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and demonstrate the ability to achieve or have achieved a Functional Skills qualification in ICT at Level 1as a minimum or equivalent.
  • Complete Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service DBS checks via employer.

Start Date: On Interview         Attendance: Part-Time           Duration: 12- 18 months

Study Programme Overview

You will spend one morning in College, followed by functional skills for all Apprentices that have not already achieved ICT, maths or English at GCSE grade C or functional skills level 1 prior to enrolment. Apprentices are required to attend a minimum of 30 hours per week in a childcare setting. Subjects covered include Child Development (from birth to 19 years), Observation, Planning, Health & Safety, Safeguarding and the Role of the Practitioner (plus much more). You will also complete Employer Rights and Responsibilities as part of the framework.  Assessment of skills in the real working environment is facilitated by an assessor, alongside knowledge units which are assessed by a tutor. The course uses a range of assessment methods, including written tasks, professional discussions and observations.

Next Steps

Working in a supervised capacity as a play assistant in nursery or pre-school setting. Learners may wish to progress to a suitable level 3 programme but MUST have achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths if progressing to an Early Years Educator qualification at level 3.


There are no costs to the Apprentice aged between 16 and 23 to complete an Apprenticeship.

The training for Apprentices that are aged between 16 and 18 is fully funded; for Apprentices that are aged 19 - 23 at the start of the course, a one-off training contribution fee is required from their employer (who may be eligible for grant).

For Apprentices aged 24 and over and enrol upon an advanced (level 3) Apprenticeship the employer will be charged a fee.

Additional Costs

We recommend learners purchase at least one course text book to support this qualification, this will be advised during induction.

How Do I Apply

To complete an Apprenticeship the Apprentice must be employed, to view and apply for the College’s live Apprenticeship vacancies please visit the national apprenticeship website:, or alternatively source an employer wishing to employ an Apprentice and get in contact with us on 01473 382464 or email

Attention: Programme currently on hold, call for details regarding new starts on 01473 382464.