Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner Level 2

This new and exciting Early Years Practitioner Level 2 apprenticeship has been designed by our team of experts. It provides individuals with the essential knowledge and skills to work successfully in the sector.

We have significant experience in supporting the Early Years workforce to be great practitioners and so we are confident that this is a fantastic programme that gives individuals a wide range of skills that will be used every day to support children and young people.

The apprenticeship is ideal for those interested in a career in the sector and provides an excellent starting point.

We have a professional, award-winning and skilled team ready to listen and help support you and your apprentices needs. From the moment you get in touch with us, our friendly team will ensure you get the level of support you deserve.

Keep scrolling down to learn more about the programme, what’s involved and how to get in touch with us today. Don’t delay. Getting started is only a few clicks away.

Early Years Practitioner


12 Months


About the programme

The apprenticeship is 12 months of learning before an End Point Assessment (EPA). This ensures apprentices have enough time to learn everything that’s needed and have the confidence to successfully pass the apprenticeship.

All apprentices are assigned one of our enthusiastic and passionate early years and childcare experts to coach, train and support them to achieve the apprenticeship.

Apprentices receive a rich and wide range of learning opportunities to get the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to deliver an excellent service in your setting and benefit their career development. We support apprentices to be able to make a positive difference to young children in their early years development and growth.

Training is delivered both on-the-job and off-the-job, providing you with the flexibility to maintain staff ratios and allow apprentices to put their learning into practice as soon as possible.

Throughout the programme apprentices receive frequent and regular workplace face-to-face teaching sessions (or remote visits) as well as being able to join webinars, complete the paediatric first aid course and carry out independent tasks.


What will apprentices learn?

Over the course of the apprenticeship we’ll develop the essential childcare skills and behaviours that you would expect to see.

Key learning topics covered during the apprenticeship include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Effective communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Child development
  • EYFS
  • Health & safety
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Equality & diversity
  • Partnership working

As part of our apprenticeship programme, apprentices also have the opportunity to extend their learning and complete the Paediatric First Aid Course. Whilst not an essential part of the apprenticeship, we know from our own experiences how important these skills are for settings and also for individuals and their confidence. The qualification is useful for both the workplace and also the home!

Apprentices need to have Level 1 English and Maths and attempt Level 2 before the final End Point Assessment to complete their apprenticeship. But don’t worry, we use a great online tool to help with English and Maths learning, making it as easy as possible for apprentices. We also have a dedicated and friendly team of highly skilled specialist English and Maths tutors who can provide additional support if needed alongside the support of the apprenticeship trainer.


How apprentices learn

Our highly skilled and knowledgeable staff share their experiences of working in the sector to support and develop the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a great practitioner.

All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or small group webinars so that apprentices have the best experience possible with sector experts. We are delivering the programme face-to-face and remotely to provide as much flexibility as possible. Apprentices will benefit from a mix of on and off-the-job training.

Our typical delivery model includes:

  • Face-to-face sessions (or remote sessions)
  • Webinars (including external expert guest speakers)
  • Remote support including Skype, Zoom, Telephone and e-mail
  • Independent learning
  • Ongoing mentoring, coaching, advice and guidance
  • Specialist English and Maths support (if needed)
  • Impartial Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG)
  • Paediatric First Aid course
  • EPA preparation and support, including Gateway Readiness Check and mock tests

Apprentices also record and track their learning progress through the OneFile e-portfolio, helping to support and evidence their journey. OneFile is an industry leading and award-winning online service which can be accessed 24/7 anywhere and through any device. This means it is easy to monitor their progress and understand whether any additional support is needed.


Is the apprenticeship right for your business?

We know that a career in childcare can be extremely rewarding and that many people join the sector with the passion and enthusiasm that is needed.

We also understand that it is important that staff have the right skills, capability and confidence to help make a positive difference to children.

This programme provides apprentices new to the sector with the core skills you’d expect of a successful practitioner.

The Early Years Practitioner Level 2 programme is an ideal apprenticeship for those with job titles such as Nursery Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner, Nursery Nurse, Assistant Childminder, Nanny and Early Years Worker.

By completing this course, apprentices will be able to:

  • work with children on a day-to-day basis.
  • support the planning of and delivery of activities including purposeful play.
  • work as part of a team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance of a supervisor such as an Early Years Educator or teacher.
  • support the observation and assessment of children and contribute to their learning experiences.
  • interact with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists.

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