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Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprenticeship (Level 4)


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2 years

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Course Overview

If you’re working as a practitioner in a range of settings, including a children’s home or residential special school, this course is designed for you, to progress your career and help you face the challenges of this rewarding sector. The children you work with might be living on their own or in a larger group. You will take the lead in developing and delivering children's placement plans, and will work with each child to support their health, education, social and day to day needs, playing a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential.Within this apprenticeship you will also need to complete the:NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Residential Child Care

What will I learn?

Within the apprenticeship you will demonstrate a passion to care for and about children, young people and families. You will be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present. Your approach will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and to stay safe.

Within the diploma you will develop the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people in a residential childcare setting, including an understanding of child and young person development.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Apprentice will complete workplace observations, portfolio of evidence and written assignment

20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship.

Completion of End Point Assessment

Entry Requirements

You will be asked to complete and pass a written before enrolment can happen. This is to determine if this level of study is appropriate.

Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT – if a recognised qualification at Level 2 is not hold they are required to complete these prior to completion of the EPA.

Learners need to be working/volunteering in a setting because they will need to show competence in knowledge and skills.

You must have secured a position with an employer and be ready to start working with them before you can begin your apprenticeship course.

If you already have an employer and they have agreed to put you through an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship team and we'll get you started. Email or call 0845 345 2235.

If you don’t have an employer, you can still apply for an apprenticeship directly - check out our latest apprenticeship vacancies here:

Additional Costs and Information

The duration of the course is typically 18 – 24 months for those new to the sector.

There are two intakes a year for this course; one in September, and one in April.

What Could I Do Next?

Level 5 Children, Young People and Families ManagerNCFE/CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare

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