Apprentice Residential Childcare Practitioner THERAPEUTIC CARE LTD

Working with us means joining a community dedicated to empowering children and young people to thrive. We provide high quality care, with a therapeutic, trauma-informed practice. You'll earn a Level 4 qualification and gain supplementary certifications, enhancing your skills for impactful work make a difference for children and young people in care

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £20,930.00 - £22,750.00 Plus Sleep-in rate of £60 per sleep and an overtime rate of £1 per hour.

  • Working week

    Working Hours: 8am to 11pm; 1 on 2 off rolling shift pattern (may vary) Rate of Pay: From £11 to £12 depending on qualifications and experience Sleep in rate: £60 per sleep

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Actively safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care
  • Promote the delivery of a safe, structured, and nurturing environment and immediately report any unsafe practices, conditions or concerns
  • Ensure the delivery of all key worker responsibilities
  • Ensure ongoing assessment of our Childrens’ individual and collective needs in day-to-day practice and be able to evidence achievements
  • Encourage our children to be actively involved in the environment and day to day activities
  • Relate to and engage our children who display challenging behaviour and use a variety of behaviour management strategies
  • Assist our children to identify unsafe, dangerous, harmful and abusive situations, individuals and groups
  • Provide a caring and supportive environment for our children that respects and affirms their racial, cultural and religious identity and lifestyle
  • Ensure an open culture is created so that children and young people feel that they are listened to
  • Be aware of relevant information that requires attention and ensure that all information is recorded accurately, is legible and communicated appropriately
  • Provide an effective handover from your shift to the next shift
  • Be a team player in assessing issues and identifying solutions to challenges presented
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, professionals, children, and families
  • Ensure that all administrative requirements of the home are maintained correctly so that they are compliant with good childcare practices, homes procedures, company policies and children’s homes regulations
  • Assist in maintenance of standards of hygiene within the home and undertake housekeeping, food prep and intimate personal care duties as necessary
  • Always promote an anti-discriminatory practice
  • Co-operate with the Company in complying and having sound knowledge of the Health and Safety requirements and Company policies, report any unsafe practices and conditions

The training you will be getting

Level 4 Children and Young person Apprenticeship required for Ofsted compliance.

Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare.

Functional Skills in English and maths if required.

This will be on-site during working hours within you job role. A selection of Face to Face and Online learning will take place throughout the course of your apprenticeship. Examples of which can be found below. 

  • First Aid at work
  • Safety Intervention Foundation Training
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Therapeutic Care 
  • Therapeutic Care in Practice 
  • NeuroDiversity 
  • And more
  • Functional skills if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship:

We invest in all of our employees, and we will provide a full programme of mandatory training for the role as part of an induction and then further bespoke training, we encourage all our staff to progress and the next stage would be to become deputy manager.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can progress into Mentoring, team leadership or managerial or social worker roles by continuing further education or completing our Leadership Programme. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Empathic, Compassionate, Engaging, Responsive


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and ICT (Grade 4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

Join us in providing exceptional care to children through a comprehensive therapeutic approach. As a key team member, you'll assist the Home Manager, implement policies, maintain records, follow care plans, and plan engaging activities, promoting well-being and positive outcomes.

About the employer

Therapeutic Care is a new residential childcare provider based in the North-West of England. Although we are a new company, we are certainly not new to caring for children and young people. Our team are full of passion and enthusiasm for providing the best quality, trauma-informed and trauma-responsive care for children and young people who are unable to live at home. With the numbers of children in care increasing year on year, so is the need for private residential provision. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable Senior Management Team understand the needs of children and young people looked after, the systemic challenges of working in this sector, and strive to be the responsible and responsive therapeutic care provider that children’s social care need. We believe every child has the right to a safe and loving home, and to be surrounded by nurturing adults, who provide them with the safe, positive and supportive relationships they need to feel safe and loved. Rooted in trauma responsive theory and research, we aim to provide placements that have a therapeutic parenting approach embedded from the very beginning. We have carefully selected our managers and practitioner teams who share in our vision to provide transformative and life changing therapeutic care for children and young people looked after. We believe deeply that these children deserve the best possible care and we feel incredibly excited, motivated and privileged to be a part of a growing team who are committed to keeping children at its heart.




Keystone House

Avroe Crescent




Kieran Wilson


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Children, young people and families practitioner

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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