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Childcare & Education

Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Full-time Courses

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.

Can HTP Apprenticeship College help me get a job?

Yes – and 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. See below for more details of our programmes:

Why learn with US?
  • Rated 'Good' by OFSTED;
  • Industry-experienced tutors;
  • Great facilities, centrally located in Newport Isle of Wight and Portsmouth;
  • Smaller group sizes, with personalised 1-to-1 support.
How is HTP different to school and other colleges?

The main difference between learning with us compared to school or other colleges is that we give you the flexibility to learn in a way that works for you.

Our full-time courses blend classroom learning with practical work experience in a real company giving you the opportunity to bring your learning to life in an industry setting.

Our apprenticeships are a great route directly into working life. You can start earning a real salary right away and fast-track your career options by working in-house as part of a team. You'll be supported by one of our expert Training Consultants, alongside the day-to-day guidance of your employer.

Whichever route you take, our promise is that we put you and your needs first, so you'll always have the support you need to succeed.

Sounds good. How do i find out more?

Give us a call on 01983 533926 or fill in your details here and one of the team will be in touch soon.

Meet the Team

Emily Ashdown, HTP Apprenticeship College Childcare Training Consultant

“I’ve taken on more responsibility during the time I’ve been on the Apprenticeship with HTP”

Adam Whale

Undertaking Level 3 Childcare Practitioner

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