Childcare and Early Learning Apprenticeships Level 2 and Level 3

Overview (NV)

Childcare and Early Learning Level 2 and Level 3

Course length
12 - 18 months


You can make a positive difference to children’s lives, acting as a role model to help them develop their creativity, physical and social skills.

Our apprenticeships open up rewarding job opportunities in crèches, nurseries, pre-schools, early years settings and morning and after-school clubs. There are also careers in youth and community settings or specialising in work with children and young people with special needs.

You will need to:

  • Want to work with children and help to create a fun and stimulating environment
  • Be patient and sensitive to the needs of children and their families
  • Be committed to the safety and welfare of children.
  • Be enthusiastic, responsible, reliable
  • Be prepared to work with people from diverse backgrounds

NVQ Level 2 Certificate Children and Young People's Workforce

The Level 2 Apprenticeship will enable you to work with children in a supervised role. You learn whilst working, which prepares you to work with different professionals and volunteers and helps you understand the importance of providing a service for children and their families.

During your Level 2 Apprenticeship you will gain:

  • Level 2 Certificate Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English, maths and ICT

NVQ Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator

The Level 3 Apprenticeship develops your skills and knowledge of early years learning and childcare. You will gain an enhanced understanding of the practices and theories of childcare and education, including supporting and keeping children safe and developing them through play and learning activities.

During your Level 3 Apprenticeship you will gain:

  • Level 3 Diploma Early Learning and Childcare.
  • Paediatric First Aid.
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in ICT
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

Throughout your training your tutor will guide you through assessments both in the workplace and at College. You will have practical assessments, online tests and assignments.

Your personal assessor will visit you regularly in the workplace (or are happy to see you more often if you need extra help). They will assist you throughout your training to help you achieve your qualification.

Apprentices may need to attend college to gain additional skills but this will be discussed with you and your employer.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

You will need to be 16 and over and in full-time employment. You will already be working in a suitable role, or we can help you find one. If you are new to the industry or have limited experience you will need to start at Level 2.

For Level 2 you will normally require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths you will need to undertake an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support for that subject. 

For direct entry to Level 3, you will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and English and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above.

You will also be required to attend a college interview.

If you have experience of working in the industry we would be delighted to hear from you. 

What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become a childcare and early learning apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise you on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email: