Childcare Apprenticeships

Discover a career in childcare, with Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (CCPLD) and Playwork apprenticeships in Wales.

TSW Training offers four childcare apprenticeships in CCPLD and Playwork (and one Diploma), giving you a choice of specialisms and ability levels to suit your organisation.

If you're not sure which childcare apprenticeship is right for you, or best suited to your nursery, private healthcare setting, NHS hospital or surgery, or another caring environment, take a look at each apprenticeship below, or contact us today. Let's discuss the possibilities together.

Our childcare apprenticeships in Wales

Employers are awarded up to £4,000 for each apprentice they recruit*

*The Welsh Government employer incentive promises £4,000 for every apprentice recruited who are between 16-24 years old and up to £2,000 for every apprentice over the age of 25.

If you'd like to know more about the employer incentive scheme, use the form below to send us your details and we'll get in touch.

Fully funded childcare apprenticeships

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Children’s Care, Play, Learning Development (CCPLD)

The CCPLD is a Level 2 apprenticeship, awarded by City and Guilds.

It covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the new All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare.

There are four qualifications within the apprenticeship, and you must complete all four to complete the Level:

  • Knowledge: WJEC Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development: Core
  • Competency: City & Guilds Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development: Practice
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Communication Skills Level 1
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Application of Number Level 1

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Level 3 Apprenticeship in Children’s Care, Play, Learning Development

Just like Level 2, the Level 3 contains four qualifications:

  • Knowledge: WJEC Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development: Core*
  • Competency: City & Guilds Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development: Practice
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Communication Skills Level 2
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Application of Number Level 2

*If you've already completed the Knowledge core qualification at Level 2, you won't need to repeat it at Level 3. 

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Who is the Level 2 and Level 3 CCPLD childcare apprenticeships for?

This apprenticeship programme in Wales is perfect for:

  • Post-16 learners in Wales
  • If you're working or seeking work
  • Working in regulated childcare settings, with families and children under the age of 8
  • Working NHS children’s services
  • Working with families and children aged 0-19, including child health settings.

Both apprenticeships are designed to deepen learner's knowledge and understanding of:

  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • The core principles and values which underpin children’s care, play, learning and development
  • How to apply in practice, child-centred approaches
  • How to make a positive contribution to children’s care, play, learning and development
  • Ways of working within the sector
  • Forms of effective practice

Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship in Playwork

There are 3 mandatory qualifications that combine to create the Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship in Playwork:

  • Combined Knowledge and Competency Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Playwork
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Communication Skills Level 1
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Application of Number Level 1

Get your FREE guide to the Level 2 Foundation Playwork Apprenticeship

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Level 3 Apprenticeship in Advanced Playwork

There are 3 mandatory qualifications that combine to create the Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship in Playwork:

  • Combined Knowledge and Competency Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Playwork
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Communication Skills Level 2
  • Essential Skills Wales Qualifications: Application of Number Level 2

Get your FREE guide to the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Advanced Playwork

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Level 5 Diploma in Advanced Playwork

The Level 5 is a brand new framework for 2021, designed for experienced playworkers who are developing, leading and reviewing permanent or temporary play provision within a changing environment. It's awarded by City & Guilds.

You must understand and apply the Playwork Principles in order to develop and implement an organisational framework for children and young people’s play.

It's suitable for workers who want to progress into the following roles:

  • Managers of playwork settings
  • Playwork development officers
  • Trainers or lecturers

It will also help you to prepare for the generic management qualifications, PTTLS and a foundation degree, or degree.

To achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Playwork, learners must achieve 60 credits from 10 mandatory units. There are 381 guided learning hours, but you'll need 600 hours to complete the full apprenticeship.

Up to £4,000 incentive when you recruit an apprentice in childcare

Improve workplace performance

At TSW Apprenticeships, we believe that every step of apprenticeships process is about quality. The right qualification, the right learning support and the right employer support.

Our service promise to you:

  • We ensure the apprenticeship is relevant to, and will enhance, the roles within your organisation
  • We're committed to stretch and challenge your apprentices to be high achievers
  • We're passionate about employer engagement and we're on the learning journey with you for the duration of their qualifications

What you get from TSW Apprenticeships

Employer apprenticeship consultation

Our experts visit you to discuss your teams' needs. You have the chance to ask about the childcare apprentice program, and map out the learning outcomes for your business.

The aim is to deliver a learning roadmap that enhances your company performance and service by furthering education. We'll help you digest all of the details, identify the staff ready for development, or help you recruit new talent.

Awareness sessions

We use this time during the apprenticeship to set expectations with your candidates. Your Training Advisor will plan out your journey to success, the standards you'll be measured against, and what support you'll get from your coach and your company. It sets expectations about the time and energy demanded by the childcare apprenticeship and the qualifications within them.

Health and safety appraisal

We'll visit your place of work and conduct a mandatory health and safety check. It proves you're working in a safe environment, suitable for apprentices and TAs. We manage the appraisal entirely - all you need to do is show us around. Once we've dotted the i's and crossed the t's, it's valid for four years, so you can easily take on more apprentices, or bring other qualifications into your childcare environment.

Support when they need it

Learning happens 24/7, especially when you work in childcare. Our assessors are available via email, text and WhatsApp to support your apprentices.

Six month employer evaluation

There are a number of ways we can help you to realise return on investment following an apprenticeship. Feedback and evaluation allow us to see if the lessons we're teaching are successfully transferring into your company.

That's why we book in a six-month health check with you and your apprentice.

A 40-minute candidate survey reviews the quality of the programme and their learning experience. We can collate and compare data between organisations to improve the childcare course delivery.

We're committed to employer evaluation. We want to make sure the apprenticeship and outcomes are exceeding your expectations, and that the apprentice is demonstrating knowledge and competence in their role.

We're on hand to support you with any queries as the apprenticeship progresses.