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Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship (Childcare Course)

Course summary
12 months
Full time
Online courses
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Course description

Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship (Childcare Course)

Our exciting level 2 early years apprenticeship provides the head start you need to work in the childcare and early years sector. If you're working in early years or looking for a career to support young children our programme may just be what you need.

We're confident that this apprenticeship will provide you with the core skills that you need to work effectively within an early years setting.

The programme is 12 months of learning, followed by the End Point Assessment (EPA). This ensures you have enough time to learn everything you need and you'll have the confidence to successfully pass the apprenticeship.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This qualification is aimed at those with responsibility within the setting such as room leader, deputy manager, assistant manager, senior practitioner, early years coordinator, play leader, key worker and nursery officer.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Level 5

Undertaking this apprenticeship will develop the practitioner's ability to reflect and build on practice through on-going professional enquiries and action research.

Training Course Content

Learning phases include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Child development and theory
  • Pedagogy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Equality, diversity, inclusion and SEN
  • Safeguarding
  • Partnership working

As part of your continued professional development you will also learn reflective practices.

Course delivery details

Our delivery model includes:

  • Online learning sessions
  • Online tutorials
  • Remote support
  • Independent learning
  • Ongoing mentoring, coaching, advice and guidance
  • Specialist English/maths support (if needed)
  • Impartial Information, Advice & Guidance


Our courses are cost free for learners. For employers the apprenticeship will be paid for through apprenticeship levy or 95% of the course will be funded externally.

Continuing Studies

The early years lead practitioner apprenticeship is ideal for practitioners who aspire to be a leader within their early years setting.

Typical job titles could include room leader, deputy manager, assistant manager, senior practitioner, early years coordinator, play leader, key worker and nursery officer.

In their day-to-day work, the early years lead practitioner will interact with children, families, practitioners and other professionals or appropriate agencies. They will also have responsibility for supporting the quality of learning and development, leading on operational aspects of the provision.

Typically, the early years lead practitioner will have responsibility for leading other practitioners, as well as responsibility for an aspect or environment such as communication and language, planning and assessment, forest school or physical activity and nutrition.

They will usually report directly to the head of the setting.

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Sheffield Park, 12 Europa View, Tinsley
S9 1XH Sheffield Yorkshire

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