Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development

Level 2 Apprenticeship


This qualification is knowledge and practice based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice in employment. This qualification is primarily for those working in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of 8 and NHS children’s services for those working with families and children aged 0-19.

It is designed for learners in work based learning. The qualification will assess learners’ knowledge and practice through their work and will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Understand, and apply in practice, the principles and values which underpin children’s care, play, learning and development
  • Understand, and apply in practice, child-centred approaches to care, play, learning and development
  • Make a positive contribution to the children’s care, play, learning and development sector through their own practice
  • Reflect on practice to continuously improve
  • Understand job roles and functions within the children’s care, play, learning and development sector
  • Use literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills as appropriate within their role.

To achieve the Foundation Apprenticeship, learners will complete the Level 2 Childcare, Play, Learning and Development: Core alongside the Level 2 Diploma Childcare, Play, Learning and Development: Practice.

What is covered on the course?

The mandatory content of the qualification is aligned to the All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare with a specific practical focus on children under the age of 8yrs supported by knowledge and understanding of child development up to the age of 18yrs.

The following topics are featured as mandatory:

  • Principles and values
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and safety
  • Health, wellbeing, learning & development
  • Professional practice.

Key Info

Course duration

16 months

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


On successful completion of the qualification, the individual will be awarded the following:

  • Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core Level 2
  • Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice Level 2
  • Essential Application of Number (EAonS) Level 1
  • Essential Communication (ECommS) Level 1
I feel really positive about the workshops and more confident about utilising the online learning hub, and my coach is approachable. The breakout rooms are beneficial for open discussions about tasks set; they promote positive and helpful discussions. I’m finding it easy to complete tasks because I’m given the time during the session to make notes. I feel comfortable with the groups I work with and can contact my coach offline.
Clare Wilinson Childminder
I always feel welcomed when attending the zooms and always feel supported, and everything that is taught is explained in detail. This course will help me know more about what to do in the nursery I work in and will help me learn more.
Hazel Davies Apprentice Childcare Practitioner

What happens after my apprenticeship?

At Aspiration Training, we provide every learner with a career pathway. This is a plan with clear, practical steps our learners can take to achieve the career of their dreams.

Our career pathways show typical routes through the various stages of learning, the knowledge and skills that will be learnt along the way and the career options that may be available as a result.

Career Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit.

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles associated with each career.

Career Pathway - Early Years