Childcare Apprenticeships In Wales

Discover a career in childcare, with Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (CCPLD) and Playwork apprenticeships in Wales. Levels 2, 3, 4, & 5 (Diploma).

If you’re passionate about working with children and their development, you’ll flourish in childcare apprenticeships. We offer childcare apprenticeships in Levels 2, 3, 4 & 5.

All the qualifications are work-based, so you earn while you learn. They’re also fully funded by the Welsh Government. 

There’s even a £4,000 incentive available to every childcare employer who would like to hire a childcare, or playwork apprentice. For more information about the incentive, contact us.

Our childcare 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. Read our testimonies to see what our clients say about us.

If you’re not sure which childcare apprenticeship is right for you, or best suited to a nursery, private healthcare setting, NHS hospital or surgery, or another caring environment, take a look at each apprenticeship below.

CCPLD

Playwork

Through an apprenticeship in childcare, you’ll learn how to provide stimulating and safe play, that develops their social skills and imagination, communication abilities and linguistics, and so much more, through education.

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

The Level 4 Apprenticeship in CCPLD is an advanced qualification that prepares you for leadership and management in a childcare setting. At this level, you’ll work on two themes – leadership and management and professional practice.

The leadership and management units of the apprenticeship take a closer look at:

  • Leading child-centred practice
  • Theoretical frameworks for leadership and management
  • Leadership and management for effective team performance

The professional practice elements give you the tools to:

  • Understand a range of leadership and management concepts, theories and techniques
  • Understand and apply child-centred approaches
  • Understand different leadership and management styles and how these influence practice within services
  • Give you the ability to work as an effective and independent learner, and as critical and reflective thinker to make informed judgements (which includes using and interpreting data)

There are three pathways for achieving professional practice. You can work with families and carers to develop parenting skills, working with children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), or support children with Additional Learning Needs (ALN).

Discover the Level 4 in our free guide to the qualifications and units.

Level 5 Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management of Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development: Practice

The Level 5 is medley, containing the Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management qualification, plus the Level 5 CCPLD. You’ll study several mandatory units (below), before moving onto optional units which help you to specialise:

  • Leading child-centred practice
  • Theoretical frameworks for leadership and management
  • Leadership and management for effective team performance
  • Professional practice
  • Lead and manage practice that promotes the safeguarding of children
  • Lead and manage health, safety and security in the workplace

The assessment reflects your sophisticated understanding at a higher level, asking for a portfolio of evidence, a business project and a professional discussion.

To find out more about the Level 5, send an enquiry, or download our introduction to the qualification.

How could a Playwork qualification develop your teams’ skills and improve your learning environment? Listen to the experience of Playwork Level 3 apprentice, Louise, who signed up for the qualification to register her after school club.

 

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

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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

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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.

Get in touch today to find out more about the Level 5 Diploma, or download the guide for the diploma.

Exceptional service, in your workplace

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

Professional development with TSW Training

Employer apprenticeship consultation

Our experts get in touch 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.

Employer Engagement Visits

Feedback and evaluation helps us to see how successfully the learning is transferring into your organisation, so we can help you measure the returns.

That’s why we book in a six-month Employer Engagement Visit health check with you and your apprentice.

We walk the candidate through a quick survey, where we discuss their learning experience so far and the quality of the programme. The questions are standardised, so we can collate and compare data between organisations to apply real adjustments.

Then we review with you to see if the programme is meeting your expectations, whether you’re able to engage with the apprentices and their work, and if you’ve noticed the candidate demonstrate knowledge and competence.

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

Support through the apprenticeship key themes

If you sign up for an apprenticeship in Wales, you’ll learn about key themes embedded in its curriculum.

The key themes are consistent across every apprenticeship in Wales. To find out more about your work on each key theme, and the activities our Training Advisors organise to promote them, visit our hub pages below:

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Welsh Culture
  • Safeguarding and Prevent

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