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Childcare - Work Based Apprenticeship (Level 3)

This Level 3 Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to ‘Earn while you learn’ combining on the job training and delivery with monthly workshops to gain the knowledge and experience needed to work in the childcare sector.
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Level 3

Course Overview

This Apprenticeship is the equivalent to two 'A' Levels and will allow you to build on your existing knowledge and experience leading you to work in a room leader role.

The course will be delivered through a combination of onsite delivery and classroom based monthly workshops by a qualified Trainer/Assessor.

The qualification is made up of a combination of mandatory and optional units.


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Childcare - Work Based Apprenticeship (Level 3)

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Childcare - Work Based Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Off Site




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Course Modules

Mandatory units include: 

  • Context and principles for early years provision
  • Promoting learning and development in the early years
  • Professional Practice
  • Safeguarding and children’s Well-being and Welfare
  • Speech, language and communication and health and safety

Optional units can be chosen based on your interests and the experience you are gaining through your job role. Optional units include; working with babies and young children to promote their development and learning, promoting creativity and creative learning, engaging parents in their children’s early learning and supporting children’s outdoor play.


As part of your Apprenticeship, you will also be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE Grade C in English or Maths, or equivalent. For you to be exempt, you will be required to show us original copies of your certificates.

Ideal If:

 You are aged between 18-24, employed or starting a new job and want to build your skills and knowledge and progress towards a Room Leader position and beyond.  

You'll Learn:

A range of topics within the mandatory and optional units and lots of hands on practical skills to take with you through your career.

You'll Love:

The flexibility of this programme. The training will be tailored to your preferred learning style incorporating blended learning and will be delivered one to one or in small groups.

You'll Progress:

With your level 3 qualification you will be eligible for Room Leader positions and also eligible to progress to the Higher Level Apprenticeship (Level 5) in Children’s Care Learning and Development (Management) and move in to a management position.

You'll Need:

To be permanently employed or seeking employment within the Childcare sector and be contracted to work minimum of 21 hours per week.

To be eligible for this Apprenticeship, you will be aged 18-24.

Not currently employed? If you would like to work in the childcare sector but are not currently employed liase with our Apprenticeship team now by emailing

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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