Early Years Practitioner

Key Information

Level 2
Typical Duration 12 Months (Not including end point assessment period)
Delivery Model One-to-one support
Delivery Location Workplace with occasional college attendance (where necessary)
Start Date Flexible

Programme Summary

An Early Years Practitioner will work and interact directly with children on a day-to-day basis, supporting the planning of and delivery of activities.

The Practitioner may work in a range of private and public settings, for example children’s centres, pre-school, reception classes, nursery schools, home-based provision, and hospitals delivering the EYFS requirements set by government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old in both indoor and outdoor activities.

The Practitioner will support the planning of and delivery of purposeful play and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting, as part of a professional team, ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher, or other suitably qualified professional in the early years workforce. The Practitioner will also interact with parents, colleagues and other professionals e.g. health visitors and social workers.

The Practitioner will  support observations and assessments of each child, and assist with care needs e.g. teeth, hair, skin, feeding, and changing nappies under the direction of a more senior member of the team. They will have a responsibility to recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of harm or abuse, and will contribute to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises.

What will you learn?

Apprentices will learn:

  • The roles and responsibilities of  the early years practitioner
  • Health and safety of babies and young children
  • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children
  • How to support children’s development
  • How to support care routines
  • How to support for the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play and educational programmes
  • How to promote play
  • How to support healthy lifestyles for babies and children
  • How to support babies and young children to be physically active
  • How to support the needs of babies and young children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • How to promote positive behaviours
  • Partnership working
  • How to support the needs of children preparing for school, all linking to the Early Years Practitioner standard

How is it delivered and assessed?

Elements of learning can be face-to-face delivery and tutorials by visit or remote digital means, directed study and research, learning in the workplace via practical demonstration, shadowing, instruction, or simulation or by way of courses and reflection.

Assessment methods may include Q&A, work products, observation of practice, witness accounts, recognition of prior learning, and professional discussions. 

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Early Years Practitioner Level 2
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English (unless previously achieved)
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in maths (unless previously achieved)

If previously achieved at Level 1, or on initial assessment it is indicated you will work to achieve Level 2, if not once Level 1 is achieved, you will work towards the achievement of Level 2.

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment will consist of:

  • A professional discussion – underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • A knowledge test

Entry Requirements

  • English and maths – Entry Level 3

Apprentices must be in suitable employment and have the opportunity to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviors aligned to this apprenticeship standard. 

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.