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Children’s Care, Learning and Development Apprenticeships

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Llangefni, Rhos-on-Sea, Work-Based Learning, Dolgellau, Caernarfon, Online
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    Level 2 is 16 months on programme and Level 3 is 18 months on programme.

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Children’s Care, Learning and Development Apprenticeships


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Course Description

This framework is to develop knowledge and skills and provide occupational competence for people who work with children (and their families) in settings or services (primarily those in the early years) that focus on children’s care, learning and development. It is suitable for people seeking to join the early years or children's care, learning and development sector, and provides training and development opportunities for workers already employed within the sector e.g. day nurseries, playgroups, nurseries.

Level 2 - for those who are working under supervision such as a nursery assistant worker/practitioner or playgroup assistant practitioner. These workers provide care that supports the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of children.

Level 3 - for those who work on their own initiative, planning and organising their own work and/or supervising others, for example, a nursery practitioner, playgroup leader or a childminder working on their own at home. These workers also provide care that supports the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of children but work more autonomously and have some development or supervisory activities for other staff.

For more information, contact:
07593 580 051 / 08450 460 460 or


Megan Lewis

Level 3 Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development

Megan started her Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in August 2019 whilst working at a day nursery. When the pandemic hit, Megan carried on as key worker at the nursery during most of the lock down whilst also working as a key worker in a care home. During this time Megan stayed focused and motivated with her Diploma and continued to meet her targets.

Megan has stated that “doing my Level 3 has helped me achieve working in the baby team full time. By doing the course I’ve developed new skills and confidence in my job. I have come on so much in my job role having done my Level 3.”

“I enjoyed doing my Level 3 as my assessor was so lovely and easy going, if I ever needed help she would always be there if I messaged her. She would always give good feedback and push me to do the best I can in my work. She would always make me feel comfortable when she came out to observe me. Overall it has been a successful course.”

Entry Criteria

  • For Level 2, no formal qualifications are required but employment in childcare is needed. For Level 3, you must be able to show supervisory skills.
  • Be contracted to a minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • Your employer must be able to meet the QCF criteria.
  • You must have adequate WEST (Wales Essential Skills Toolkit) results.
  • All places are subject to satisfactory interview


  • The majority of training is provided in the workplace/online
  • Attendance of college-based 'Essential Skills Qualifications' (ESQ) may be required dependent on GCSE results
  • Theory sessions will also be offered online through twilight and day sessions to accommodate your working patterns for the L2 Core qualification, and are expected to attend


  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence (using the Onefile Eportfolio)
  • The CCPLD qualification is delivered in two parts.
  • The Level 2 CCPLD core is mandatory for both level 2 & 3 qualifications.
  • You will be required to research 5 core units. When ready you will be required to sit 3 case study tests and 1 multiple choice test under exam conditions at a college site to achieve the core qualification.
  • On completion of the L2 CCPLD core you will then move on to the CCPLD practice L2/L3 qualification where you will be observed by your assessor to confirm your competency skills. You will also need to reflect on your practice and plan and prepare for your observations through structured tasks.
  • Completion of ESQs (Essential Skills Qualifications) in communication and application of number may be required. (Dependent on your GCSE results)


From Foundation Apprenticeship Level 2 to an Apprenticeship Level 3. Apprenticeship Level 3 can go on to Degree level (however to progress to a level 3 qualification you must be in a supervisory role).

Other details

Course type: Apprenticeships

Level: 2+3

Programme Area:

  • Children’s Development & Education


This course is available bilingually.

Children’s Development & Education

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Children’s Development & Education

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