Make a difference in a child’s life by working in the social services industry. Studying for a technical apprenticeship in childhood practice gives you the chance to shape the future of the next generation.  

This apprenticeship is ideal for people who want to improve their social care knowledge. Through ongoing training, you’ll learn how to improve a child’s wellbeing. You’ll also learn about family support and be able to develop leadership skills within a residential environment.  

An apprenticeship in childhood practice can fast track you to a management role. You could become a senior social worker in a care home or a family support officer. The knowledge you’ve gained could help you manage your own team of social workers and help others in their careers.   

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a qualification in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 9The qualification includes:  

  • core units of an SVQ in Childhood Practice at SCQF leve9   
  • a range of optional units  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • provide a supportive environment for children  
  • work with young people and develop their confidence  
  • create lasting bonds with co-workers  
  • provide support for families 
  • carry out best childhood care practices   

This apprenticeship will help you develop core skills such as:   

  • time management 
  • team-building 
  • problem-solving  
  • communication   

These transferable skills can be used for other jobs such as early years practitioner and housing support.  

Where could it take me?

This Technical Apprenticeship gives you a range of options. Continue your education with other qualifications or graduate to a management role in the childcare industry.   

Further study: You could continue your studies by studying for a relevant childcare degree at university. Your experience will support your application.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a senior position within the social care sector. The roles include:   

  • lead childcare practitioner  
  • senior family support officer 
  • senior social worker  
  • social care manager  
  • lead early years practitioner  
  • senior residential care worker 

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.   


This Technical Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.  

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