Also known as pre-Apprenticeship training, Traineeships offer you the perfect opportunity to “try before you buy” before entering into a full-time Apprenticeship programme. 

Childcare is a rewarding, engaging, and exciting sector to start a career in – so much more than just “playing”, childcare is all about nurturing young children to support their early learning, providing them with opportunities and activities that enable them to develop through having fun.

If you’re looking to start a career in childcare but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, or you aren’t ready for full-time employment, e.g. an Apprenticeship, a Traineeship gives you a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the sector, key topics such as Safeguarding and child development, and gives you an opportunity to work in a real Early Years environment via a placement at a setting local to you. 


As a trainee, your programme will be based over 8 – 24 weeks, depending on how you get on within your setting and in the classroom with us. You will be invited to a 2-week induction based in the classroom at our office in Gosport, before starting in a placement setting for 3 days a week with one day a week in the classroom to support your development. You will also be paid a weekly training allowance to support your travel costs. 

So long as you are 16-18, and have not yet completed a course at Level 3 or higher, you are eligible to join the programme. 


What can it lead to?

Our aim for all trainees is to help you gain an Apprenticeship in Childcare or sustainable employment following your programme. Childcare experience and qualifications can lead to careers such as nannying or childminding, becoming a support worker, a childcare practitioner, a manager of a setting, and more.

Check out the careers map available from CACHE.