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Children & Young People Apprenticeship Level 2

This Level 2 Childcare apprenticeship will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge required for working in a child care setting with children aged 0-19 years. It will provide you with a good starting point within the sector, working under supervision (e.g. pre-school assistant, nursery assistant). The introductory units will give you an insight into how children develop and learn, while the choice of pathways can be tailored to meet the vocational area you are working with (social work, early years or schools, for example). You will gain plenty of practical hands-on experience in the workplace and then attend College on a day-release basis every Friday for theory session and to study functional skills, including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English and maths, or equivalent. An ability to achieve a Level 1 ICT qualification is desirable.

Other requirements: There will also be an initial assessment to enable you to demonstrate your full ability.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • An introduction to communication in children and young people’s settings
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

Assessment methods

As the Apprenticeship progresses you will be assessed in a number of different ways, including practical demonstrations, observations in the workplace and exams for functional skills.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Children & Young Peoples Workforce NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate


  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English, ICT and maths

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you will be able to progress on to the Advanced Level apprenticeship or on to the Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma as a standalone qualification. Completing a Level 3 qualification will ensure you have the appropriate level of competency, as determined by registration and regulatory requirements.

Future careers: You will be able to move into a full-time role as a pre-school assistant or nursery assistant. Once you have a Level 3 qualification you will be able to move to higher levels of work or work unsupervised, for example as a nursery supervisor, childminder or foster carer.

Additional information

If you are over 19, your attendance in College will be subject to a functional skills assessment.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
12-15 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street K1536


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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