A career in Childcare

Your future is their future

Childcare is a highly popular sector and securing an apprenticeship or entry level role can be challenging. A Pre Apprenticeship programme ensures you have the knowledge and qualifications that employers in the sector are looking for. As part of the programme you will be matched with a local Childcare provider who will offer you a valuable Pre Apprenticeship Placement for a number of weeks.

You can apply to be matched to any of the live placement vacancies below and in just 12 short weeks have all of the knowledge, skills and experience to secure immediate employment in the sector.

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What to expect


On completion of the Pre Apprenticeship Programme, you will gain the following qualifications:

  • Level 1 Caring for Children qualification
  • Essential Digital Skills certificate
  • Level 2 Maths and English (if not already achieved)

You will also receive:

  • Work preparation training
  • Preparation for undertaking a Childcare apprenticeship
  • Quality work placement for a minimum of 2 months 
  • Full reference from your placement
  • Guaranteed job interview at your placement

Week by week


This is a 12 week programme broken down into a clear delivery structure to ensure that by the end you have a well-rounded and established understanding of working in a Childcare setting.

Week 1 – 3 

  • Initiate DBS check
  • Pre-placement training
  • Safeguarding training

Week 4 – 12 

  • Childcare placement 2 days per week
  • CT Skills training 2 day per week
    • Essential Digital Skills
    • Functional Skills (if required)
    • Childcare qualification


Below are a list of local employers who are committed to offering you the opportunity to complete a CHILDCARE placement and learn in their environment.
Little Toes Day Nursery Clifton, Nottingham Sep, 01
Woodend Private Day Nursery Repton, Derby Aug, 20
Little Toes Day Nursery West Bridgford, Nottingham Aug, 20
Little Toes Day Nursery Clifton, Nottingham Aug, 20
No current placements local to you?


Ryan Hearst, Nursery Assistant (Former Trainee & Apprentice)

''I had never been in a nursery before, so a placement gave me a real taste of what it was like to be in that environment. It paved the way for me''

Ryan Hearst originally wanted to begin a career in boxing, however after doing his own research he made an unexpected turn in his early career to refocus on childcare.

CT Skills sourced Ryan a suitable placement within a local nursery where he began our 12 week Childcare Pre Apprenticeship Programme. It was here he confirmed that not only did he want a fulfilling career in childcare but that he had a natural ability which would later go on to secure him a full-time role.

Ryan completed his Level 2 qualification within the Nursery and had aspirations to continue on to his Level 4 qualification to become a Nursery Manager.

Ryan enjoying his work placement at a local nursery

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