Childcare(CYPW)

Apprenticeship programme

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce

Qualification objectives

The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce is for learners who work in, or who want to work in, the children and young people’s workforce in England. This qualification:

  • is a recognised qualification for those wishing to enter the children and young people’s workforce in England
  • covers the age range from birth to 19 years
  • requires the learner to spend time in a real work environment
  • confirms competence under supervision, where appropriate.

The qualification gives learners the opportunity to:

  • develop and demonstrate competence in working as part of the children and young people’s workforce in roles such as assistants in children’s centres, day nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes, nursery nurses, care workers and registered childminders
  • develop technical skills and knowledge and understanding related to the specified job roles
  • have existing skills recognised
  • achieve a nationally-recognised Level 2 qualification
  • develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning

 

Progression opportunities

Learners who achieve the Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce will be eligible to enter the workforce for children and young people in England. The qualification serves as a progression pathway to the required qualification at Level 3 or above (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector, such as the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. The qualification will provide progression to the early learning and childcare, social care and learning development and support services workforces. Potential job roles for learners working towards this qualification include:

  • assistant in children’s centre, day nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes
  • assistant playgroup worker
  • care worker
  • nursery nurse
  • registered childminder
  • registered nanny
  • youth and community worker

 

Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce

This qualification:

  • is a recognised qualification for those wishing to enter the Children and Young People’s Workforce in England
  • is based on the Skills for Care and Development National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • has a minimum credit value of 65 credits
  • covers the age range from birth to 19 years  requires the learner to spend time in a real work environment
  • is suitable for learners those in full-time employment
  • The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce has been approved as a component required for the Children’s Care, Learning and Development Apprenticeship framework.

What is the purpose of this qualification?

This qualification is intended to guide and assess development of knowledge and skills relating to early learning and childcare, social care and the learning development and support services workforces.

Learners must also select one mandatory pathway from the following pathways:

  • Early Learning and Childcare
  • Social Care
  • Learning, Development and Support Services

 

What are the potential job roles for those working towards this qualification? 

  • Care worker
  • Careers adviser
  • Children’s centre worker
  • Connexions personal adviser
  • Education welfare officer
  • Foster carer
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Learning mentor
  • Nursery nurse
  • Nursery school teacher
  • Registered childminder
  • Registered nanny
  • Residential childcare worker
  • Youth and community worker.

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