Foundation Apprenticeship in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Level 2)

Course Overview

As from 14 October 2016, learners who have achieved a qualification recognised as an alternative to Essential Skills, as detailed under the apprenticeship framework, are not required to undertake Essential Skills qualification. However, if a learner’s WEST assessment identifies that the learner has essential skills deficits which would inhibit progress through the framework, this needs to be addressed.

This programme enables you to continue to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required of those working in this sector. 

This course provides the opportunity to further develop your occupational competence of working in the CCLD sector, through attendance and assessment in the workplace. You will need to be employed in a relevant childcare setting for a minimum of 20 hours per week.  The course covers child development from 0-19 years, however, you will need to be working with children in the childcare rather than the education sector. 

Learners will study a range of Children’s Care Learning and Development related units including:

  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young peoples settings
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young peoples settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young peoples settings
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Promote the support of child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Positive environments
  • Partnership working in services
  • Development through play
  • Promote learning and development in the early years
  • Professional practice in early years settings

There are also a diverse range of optional units, from which units that provide a total of 16 credits are selected to reflect the student’s working practice. These include:

  •  Paediatric emergency first aid
  •  Promote creativity and creative learning in young children
  •  Support disabled children and young people and those with specific requirements

Updated July 2017

Entry Requirements

Employment in the childcare sector for 16 hours a week.

No formal entry requirements, however you will need to undertake screening as part of the interview process to check that your skills are at a suitable level for those working in this sector. 

Learners will need a genuine interest in working in the sector and should demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm. Learners Students need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well motivated and self reliant.

Students should be at least 16 years of age.

Course Delivery

Students will attend college for one day release day per week. There is an emphasis on the development of skills with students undertaking Level 1 IT, Level 1 Numeracy and Level 2 Communications.

Knowledge assignments are internally assessed. Occupational competence is assessed in placement by an occupationally qualified and competent assessor.

This course can be delivered and assessed in Welsh if required. 

Progression Opportunities

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development or the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Employment opportunities include nursery nurse, nursery assistant, play group assistant, Cylch Meithrin assistant.


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