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Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard


Type: Full Time & Part Time

Subject: Childcare, Health and Social Care

Level: 2

Start Date: 01 January 1970

Fee: 0

Course Length

18 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.


This is a Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard.

There is the opportunity to progress onto Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard upon successful completion of the independent End–point assessment.

Who is it for

Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting–vacancies

Do you enjoy working with children and providing a safe and caring environment?
Are you an existing role and wanting to upskill?

Early Years Practitioners are found in a range of private and public settings, and support delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by government for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years of age in both indoor and outdoor environments. As an Apprentice you will work and interact directly with children on a day–to–day basis, supporting the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. You will work as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of a suitably qualified professional in the Early Years Workforce.

On a daily basis you will interact with parents, childrenm colleagues and wider multi–agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. You will also work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/carers or other professionals, with support from a more senior member of the team, to meet the individual needs of each child. Apprentices will have a responsibility for ensuring that you recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm or abuse and contributing to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises.

Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an initial assessment for English and Maths. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test based on your current skills.

We strongly recommend all candidates also complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with their employer prior to the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the organisation meets your needs.

What will I need

Entry requirements of GCSEs at grade D/3 and above including Maths and English. You are able to apply for this course with predicted grades where applicable. Please note you may also be asked to completed Maths and English qualifications as part of your Apprenticeship programme.

You will also need a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. We strongly advise that you complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your chosen employer to ensure the organisation is right for you.

If you do not currently have an employer, you can apply for Apprenticeship Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

Please only apply for this Apprenticeship course if you already have an employer.

What is covered

This Apprenticeship is designed for Early Years Practitioners to develop key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support progression towards management responsibilities. 
Key Skills:
• Promote health and wellbeing in setting by encouraging babies and young children to consume healthy and balanced meals, snacks and drinks and be physically active
• Carry out respectful care routines appropriate to the development, stage, dignity and needs of the child
• Communicate with all children in ways that will be understood, including verbal and non–verbal communication and encourage babies and young children to use a range of communication methods.
• Work with colleagues to identify and plan enabling environments, activities (both indoors and outdoors), play opportunities and educational programmes to support children's holistic development.
• Observe children, assess, plan and record the outcomes, sharing results accurately and confidentially in line with expected statutory frameworks and setting requirements.
• Work co–operatively with colleagues, other professionals and agencies to meet the needs of babies and young children and enable them to progress. Work alongside parents and/or carers and recognise their role in the baby's/child's health, well–being learning and development.

Key Knowledge and Behaviours:
• How children learn and expected pattern of babies and children's development
• The importance of children's holistic development of speech, language and communication, personal, social and emotional development, physical development, literacy and numeracy
• The legal requirements and guidance of safeguarding, security, confidentiality of information and promoting the welfare of children and own role and responsibilities in relation to this
• Ways to communicate with all children appropriate for all their stages of development
• The key stages in the observation, assessment and planning cycle and the value of observation for the child, the parents/carers and the early years setting in planning the next steps.
• Partnership working (including parents/carers) in relation to working effectively with children with special educational needs and disabilities
• Own role and expected behaviours, including the importance of reflective practice and continued professional development to improve own skills and early years practice.

As an Apprentice you will be expected to attend college 1 day a month as part of your ongoing 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete additional English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment in order to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently to your employer and Peterborough Regional College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outline in the Early Year Educator Apprenticeship Standard. You will be graded according to your individual performance.

Throughout the duration of your Apprenticeship you will complete a number of assessments towards Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification, only when this has been achieved can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA in order to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training.

Your End–point assessment will consist of two parts which will be graded at fail, pass and distinction and determine you overall Apprenticeship grade.
• Assessment 1: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio
• Assessment 2: Knowledge test

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

You will gain a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification. You can choose to progress onto a Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship, similar full time qualification or continue with full time employment.

Typical job roles include: Nursery Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner, Nursery Nurse, Assistant Childminder, Nanny and Early Years Worker

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality Check: 
As an Apprentice you need to be fully committed and care genuinely about the care and welfare of children. You will be responsible for the care needs of the individual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under direction of senior members of the team. You also have the responsibility to ensure you recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm of abuse and contributing to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises.

An Apprentice will work on average 30–37 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads.

An employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training within the workplace. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.
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