Childcare Apprenticeships – Parents

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Help your teen forge their future career in childcare

If your son or daughter is 16-18 and has expressed an interest in working in childcare, why not talk to them about doing a childcare apprenticeship? They’ll get the best of both worlds, by getting first-hand experience of working with children whilst also progressing towards a nationally recognised qualification such as a Level 2 in Childcare.

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How does it work?

From the age of 16, your teen can leave school to start an apprenticeship. This means that they’ll work in a nursery, childminder’s or pre-school during the day and learn the practical skills needed to care for children. At home and in their own time, they’ll also complete online assignments to assess their knowledge and understanding of the role their doing.

Do I need to pay for this?

If your child is aged 16-18 when they start their childcare apprenticeship, the government will normally cover 100% of the costs associated with their training. In addition to this, Parenta will take care of all the necessary paperwork to secure this funding on your child’s behalf.


What are the benefits for my child?

As well as being a great initiation into the world of work, there are so many benefits of doing an apprenticeship. Your child will:

  • Get paid a regular wage
  • Gain first-hand experience of work
  • Learn more about the role they want to do in future
  • Gain skills which make them more employable
  • Upon completion, receive a nationally recognised qualification

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Useful advice for you

If you’d like to find out more about childcare apprenticeships on behalf of your son or daughter, we’ve put together a list of articles that we think you’ll find useful:

Information for your child

We’ve also put together lots of different blogs to help your teen work out if they’re suited to a job in childcare and whether an apprenticeship is the right route for them to take: