Professional Practice Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development

Level 4 Apprenticeship


This qualification aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, behaviours and skills that underpin Professional Practice within the children’s care, play, learning and development sector. 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 0-19. This qualification has been developed in close collaboration with key sector stakeholders, including Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW).
This qualification provides progression for learners who have completed the Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (Practice) qualification.

What is covered on the course?

Development of knowledge and skills required for professional practice within childcare or health settings and must take one of the following pathways.

  • Working with families and carers to develop parenting skills
  • Working with children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SCLN)
  • Recognising and supporting children with Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Key Info

Course duration

21 months

Entry requirements

It is primarily suited to a manager/deputy manager, that is accountable for the long-term performance of those who report in to them and are responsible for undertaking staff supervisions/appraisals. Typically you will lead planning meetings, team meetings and complete minutes for these and support staff to carrying out assessments and planning in the setting. You will be required to complete a pre-assessment assignment prior to being accepted on the course.


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

  • Professional Practice in Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice Level 4
  • Essential Application of Number (EAonS) Level 2
  • Essential Communication (ECommS) Level 2
Aspiration Training has been nothing but brilliant. Every time I have needed to enrol a staff member to progress onto a higher qualification in childcare, Aspiration Training has always accommodated this.
Claire Thomas Nursery Manager & Proprietor
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

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