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Apprenticeship Standard: Early Years Practitioner L2

Early Years Practitioners are found in a range of private and public settings including; full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out of school environments and local authority provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.


Starting a career as an Early Years Practitioner Apprentice is perfect for those who wish to work and interact directly with children on a day-to-day basis, supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. An Early Years Practitioner works 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 qualification content meets the Department for Education’s criteria for an Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.  Those working at Level 2 can work under supervision in a variety of roles such as Nursery Practitioner, Teaching Assistant (EYFS) and Pre-School Practitioner.

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Start date: 01/08/2022

Course code
Level 2
Truro College
1 year


Small class sizes

Industry-expert tutors

High pass rates

Excellent pastoral support

Learn from sector experts

Apprentices are taught by staff with extensive experience in the Early Years sector. They will learn to advance their knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the job role.

Work-related skills

During the programme Apprentices will develop personal and work-related skills that further enhance their employabililty that they are constantly developing in the workplace.

Additional opportunities

Throughout the Apprenticeship learners will be offered opportunities to gain additional Peadiatric First Aid qualifications and attend sessions from guest speakers who will share their expert knowledge.


Apprentices are taught through a blended learning approach incorporating taught sessions, workplace learning, assessments, End Point Assessment and online learning. One-to-one support, tuition and advice from the College’s team of experienced and qualified tutors and assessors plays a key role in supporting learners to successfully complete the Apprenticeship programme.

Core components Apprentices will study in the workplace and the College include:

  • How children learn, the expected pattern of babies and children’s development from birth to 5 years and their further development from ages 5 to 7. Areas of development include: cognitive, speech, language and communication, physical, emotional, social, brain development and literacy and numeracy.
  • The importance to children’s holistic development of; speech, language and communication, personal, social and emotional development, physical development and literacy and numeracy.
  • How the learning and development of babies and young children can be affected by their stage of development, well-being and individual circumstances.
  • The significance of attachment, the key person’s role and how transitions and other significant events impact children.
  • The legal requirements and guidance on safeguarding, security, confidentiality of information and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures, including child protection and online safety.
  • The role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and security, including child protection, reporting and confidentiality of information.
  • The role and responsibilities, including reporting, in the event of a baby or young child requiring medical or dental attention, a non-medical incident or emergency and identifying risks and hazards.
  • The work settings procedures for receiving, storing, recording, administration and the safe disposal of medicines.
  • The signs and symptoms which may indicate that a child is injured, unwell (including common childhood illnesses and allergies) or in need of urgent medical or dental attention.
  • The impact of health and wellbeing on children’s development.
  • The current dietary guidance for Early Years and why it is important for babies and young children to have a healthy balanced diet and be physically active.
  • Ways to communicate with all children appropriate for all their stages of development, including those whom English is an additional language (EAL) or who have delayed speech.
  • The statutory framework, including the learning and development requirements for babies and young children that must be implemented by your setting.
  • The terms adult led activities, child-initiated activities and spontaneous experiences.
  • 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.
  • How to refer concerns about the development of a baby or child.
  • The statutory guidance in relation to the care and education of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Partnership working (including parents and carers) in relation to working effectively with children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • What specialist aids, resources and equipment are available for the children and how to use these safely.
  • The role and expected behaviours and the roles of colleagues and the team.
  • How to access workplace policies and procedures and personal responsibilities and accountabilities relating to these.
  • How behaviour can impact on babies and children and influence them.
  • The responsibilities when following procedures in the work setting for reporting, whistleblowing, protecting and promoting the welfare of children, safeguarding, confidentiality, information sharing and use of technology.
  • The importance of reflective practice and continued professional development to improve own skills and early years practice.
  • The roles and responsibilities of other agencies and professionals that work with and support the setting, both statutory and non-statutory.
  • The importance of the voice of the child, parental and carer engagement, the home learning environment and their roles in early learning
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Upon successful completion of this course, Apprentices will be able to continue their career journey with progression to the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship or other relevant Level 3 qualifications.


End Point Assessment (EPA) consists of a knowledge test and professional discussion that is supported by the learner’s portfolio of evidence that they compile throughout their employment.

The Apprentice’s employer will assess if the Apprentice is ready for End Point Assessment in consultation with the College’s Training Advisor. Before progressing to EPA Apprentices must achieve:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner
  • Level 1 Maths
  • Level 1 English


Learners are required to hold a minimum of a Level 1 qualification in either English or Maths, if this is not achieved prior to the Apprenticeship they will be supported to achieve these qualifications alongside it.

Apprentices are also required to be employed as an Apprentice Early Years Practitioner. The College will support learners to apply for relevant Apprenticeship jobs with its employer partners.


The student support team is there to support learners and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal and pastoral issues.

A professional team of staff work together with the Apprentice’s personal tutor to support them to successfully complete the course and to pursue pathways to progression.

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