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What is the Childcare & Education industry?

There are approximately 2.7 million people working with children and young people in England, representing approximately 10% of the labour market. A large number are public sector employees, working in areas such as schools, colleges, local authorities and the NHS. Others work in the private sector, for example in early years care.

What’s it like working in this industry?

If you’re committed to helping children thrive and get the best start in life, this could be the perfect career for you. You will need a warm and positive approach, lots of creative ideas and a willingness to work as part of a team. You could work in local authority childcare settings, privately owned nurseries, Sure Start Children’s Centres or in primary schools.

Your duties may include acting as a key worker for one or more children, monitoring their progress and sharing information about their development with their parents and/or carers. With experience, you could also specialise in working with children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues.

Nurseries can be open from around 7am to 6pm in the evening. You would normally work eight-hour shifts within these times each day. Some establishments are also open on Saturdays. Residential Childcare settings may mean shift work including nights and weekends. You do not always need formal qualifications to start training although a good standard of general education, such as GCSEs, including English and Maths, would be helpful. For all jobs, you will need to have background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The main role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Teaching assistants are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, contribute to planning and class activities and promote positive behaviours that are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

What can I expect to earn?
  • The starting salary for junior or trainee positions is from £10,000 to £14,000 a year, depending on age.
  • Qualified and experienced workers can earn between £15,000 and £22,000, depending on responsibilities.

Figures are supplied by the National Careers Service and are intended as a guideline only.

How can HTP help me get a job?

You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to start a programme with HTP Apprenticeship College, although you will need to have achieved a minimum of Grade 4/C in English and Maths on completion of training to secure employment. HTP offers three great ways to start your career:

  • Full-time Courses are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Traineeships, where you undertake work experience to make sure this industry is right for you


  • Apprenticeships where you will be earning and learning right from the start.

Thousands of young people have succeeded with an Apprenticeship through HTP. You could too!

Jamie Fallows chose an Apprenticeship rather than University and has never looked back!
Chelsea Eldridge progressed into full-time employment after completing her Level 2 and 3 Childcare qualifications with HTP Apprenticeship College.
Work with the best…
We’ve already placed young people like you with these and many other reputable establishments:

Get started today – your way

There are three great ways you can begin your career in ChildCare through HTP Apprenticeship College. Choosing the right one for you depends on how ready you are to start work.

Get straight into work

Gain nationally recognised qualifications to progress your career in the Childcare sector. If you have suitable experience and qualifications or you are already employed in a suitable job role – an apprenticeship could be ideal. The usual first stage is an ‘Intermediate’ Apprenticeship and if after that you will progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if you do not already have GCSE at Grades C or above)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (you will be exempt if you already have GCSE at Grades C or above in these subjects)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Get some experience first

Not sure if Childcare is right for you? No problem. Try out working and gaining skills in a real business for 6 weeks – 6 months and find out if it is. If for any reason it isn’t, we can help you find another one! A Traineeship a great way to get a taste of a real workplace, gain experience and skills, and progress onto a full Apprenticeship or other employment.
This Traineeship

Starting work can be quite daunting and not everyone knows what they want to do. That’s one reason why the government created Traineeships – to let you ‘try out’ working in a business or other organisation to see if it’s right for you. A Traineeship is a great way to get a taste of a real workplace, gain experience and skills, and progress onto a full Apprenticeship or other employment. On a Traineeship with HTP Training, you will:

  • Get a minimum of 6 weeks Work Experience
  • Take part in classroom-based training at one of our training centres to help you prepare for work
  • When you are on work experience you may get some expenses towards things like travel and meals
  • The chance to achieve maths and English qualifications (if you need to)
After your Traineeship
After you have completed your Traineeship you will progress on to your Apprenticeship or in to other employment.

Get ready and confident

To be employed in the industry, employers need people with suitable qualifications and experience. That’s where our career-focused Full-time Courses come in delivered from our Skills Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight. They’re not like being at school or college and include work experience with a local employer to gain practical workplace skills and knowledge.
This Full-time Course

You’ll be based at one of our Skills Centre at Little London in Newport on the Isle of Wight, where you will undertake the Level 2 Certificate for the Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce along with work experience with a local employer. Some of the things you’ll learn on this course include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Communication
  • Introduction to the development of children’s play
  • Paediatric Illness, Injury and Emergency First Aid
  • Child and Young Person Development
  • Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
After your Full-time Course

After you have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate for Children and Young Peoples Workforce you can progress to your Level 3 Diploma or we will help you secure an Advanced Apprenticeship with a local employer.

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