If you are considering starting a childcare apprenticeship then, it requires you to be 16 or older in age. Also, childcare apprenticeships are open to those who have completed their high school education, and they are looking for an apprenticeship for working and learning purposes. In England, a childcare apprentice is funded by the government for those between the ages of 16 and 18. However, if you are over the age of 19 then, you are required to fund your apprenticeship from your pocket.
A childcare apprenticeship is best recommended to those who are passionate about working with children. It is also suggested to those who are considering pursuing a career in childcare in the future. An apprenticeship program for childcare comes in four various levels, and each level varies according to the educational level and qualifications of the applicant. The levels in apprenticeship are referred to pathway.
Advanced (Level 3 pathway)
When working a Level-3 Pathway or intermediate apprenticeship—you would be guaranteed with the following set of merits:
· A Level 3 Pathway is equivalent to two A-levels qualification
· It requires the incumbent to do GCSE Math and English languages at grades C and above, and it requires him to do Level 2 pathway.
· The applicant is offered a competitive salary
Intermediate (Level 2 pathway)
When working a Level-2 Pathway or intermediate apprenticeship—you would be guaranteed with the following set of merits:
· A Level 2 Pathway is equivalent to five GCSEs at grade C and above
· An apprentice is excluded from the requirement of doing GCSE mathematics and English at the relevant grades
· The competitive salary would be significantly lesser than its counterparts
· Once you have completed the Pathway, you become a qualified nursery nurse, and it requires you to pursue in Level 3 Pathway for proceeding further.