Childcare and Teacher Training

Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 4 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

You can start an Apprenticeship at any time. You will study for 24 months as a new entrant. For those with relevant qualifications and experience in the Health and Social Care field, you will study for 12 to 18 months.

Entry requirements

• You should be at least 18 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.
• Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in a residential childcare setting, as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
• Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.
• You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice. Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies.

You will achieve

• Children, Young People and Families Practitioner, Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard
• Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) – License to practice NCFE CACHE Level 3
• Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2

Course overview

This Qualification will develop the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people including an understanding of Child Development Level 3 Diploma Residential Childcare (England) Serves as the required qualification under the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015.
As a practitioner, you will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in lives.

Learners may be able to progress on to the following job roles:
• Residential childcare workers
• Registered residential managers, deputy and assistant managers in adult and children and young peoples settings.

If you would like to find out more information about this apprenticeship you can visit the Apprenticeship Standards website.


Course content

This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people in a residential childcare setting, including an understanding of child and young person development.

The qualification enables the learner to gain essential skills and knowledge to support children and young people in residential childcare settings, including: wellbeing and resilience, positive relationships and attachments, health and safety, sexual exploitation, communication, positive behaviour and positive outcomes. It also offers the learner the opportunity to cover optional topics which are particularly suited to specific residential childcare and respite care settings.

You will be assessed through practical observations within the work place and coursework.
Upon completion of course work you will be expected to undertake an end point assessment which includes:
1. Observation of practice.
2. A competence interview informed by submission of a portfolio.

You will require access to a computer and internet.

You will study within the workplace and may be expected to attend classes at Barnsley College.

Once completed learners may be able to progress on to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management or a Foundation Degree in a related discipline.

Learners can also progress to the following roles:
• Residential services manager
• Deputy manager

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 4 Apprenticeship

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