Level Two Apprenticeship Standard for Early Years Practitioner

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This course is designed to help the learner achieve both the knowledge needed to become an early practitioner whilst giving the learner the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their responsibilities as an early years practitioner. It will provide the learner will extensive knowledge on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and how this is implemented within the role of the practitioner.

The aim of this Level 2 apprenticeship is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

What will I study?

You will study a range of units which consist of knowledge-based units and competence based units.

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units. The units are:

  • EYP 1: Roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner
  • EYP 2: Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
  • EYP 3: Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in early years settings
  • EYP 4: Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in early years settings
  • EYP 5: Understand how to support children’s development
  • EYP 6: Support care routines for babies and young children
  • EYP 7: Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
  • EYP 8: Promote play in an early years setting
  • EYP 9: Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
  • EYP 10: Support babies and young children to be physically active
  • EYP 11: Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • EYP 12: Promote positive behaviour in early years settings
  • EYP 13 Partnership working in the early years
  • EYP 14: Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

How will I be assessed?

There are a range of assessment methods which are used. Knowledge based outcomes can be using written tasks.

Skills based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace. There will be 3-4 observations throughout the duration depending on what has been seen by the assessor.

To achieve this apprenticeship, you will need to pass an external End Point Assessment. Apprentices must submit a portfolio of evidence and take part in a professional discussion with the external assessor.

Entry requirements

Learners do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification although this is desirable.

Apprentices who do not currently hold a level 2 qualification in English or maths, must work towards this. As a minimum, they must achieve level 1 in each of these subjects. Checks for prior attainment will be made at the application stage

What next?

After successful completion of this apprenticeship learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 apprenticeship or diploma to gain Early Years Educator status.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide Full-time Course Guide 2021 Part-Time Autumn Course Guide