Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development

Level 3 Apprenticeship


The qualifications are knowledge and practice based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice in employment. This qualification is primarily for those working, or seeking to work in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of 8 years and NHS children’s services for those working with families and children aged 0-19 years. It is designed for learners in work based learning.
The qualification will assess learners’ knowledge and practice through their work who 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 and learning
  • Promote and support child development through their own practice
  • Are aware of key policies within the sector and how these affect service development and delivery
  • Work in partnership with children, their families, carers and a range of professionals
  • Reflect on practice to continuously improve
  • Apply a range of problem solving techniques
  • Use literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills as appropriate within their role
  • To achieve the Apprenticeship, learners will complete the Level 2 Childcare, Play, Learning and Development: Core alongside the Level 3 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
  • Health, well-being, learning and development
  • Professional practice
  • Safeguarding children
  • Health and safety
  • Child development
  • Speech, language and communication

Key Info

Course duration

18 months

Entry requirements

  • Learners working in a childcare setting undertaking Level 3 roles and responsibilities
  • Learners who have achieved the Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core or Practice qualification
  • Those working in Flying Start, and those delivering the curriculum for 3 to 7-year-olds in Wales
  • Learners who hold a Level 2 legacy qualification as listed in the Qualifications Framework for Social Care and Regulated Childcare in Wales.


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 3
  • Essential Application of Number (EAonS) Level 2
  • Essential Communication (ECommS) Level 2
I have learnt a lot about safeguarding and been reminded to learn about my own policies and procedures, which have helped me in my practice as I now feel more comfortable and secure with my knowledge.
Lauren Marchant Baby-room Leader
Aspiration Training is our only training provider, being the most efficient, helpful, always friendly, and happy to help should there be any issues.
Having this level of support is very much appreciated as some of the learners do require extra support and guidance.
Jackie Tomkins Nursery Manager

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