Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: P265533

Key Information

  • Course type


  • Campus:

    Highbury Campus

  • Start Date:


  • Duration:

    18 months

  • Attendance:


Ideal for young students and adult learners who want to develop a rewarding career in childcare. You will become a highly trained professional who plays a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

 Units include:

  • introduction to communication, personal development and equality in children’s and young people’s settings
  • safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • contribute to the support of child and young person development as well as their health and safety
  • create positive environments for children and young people
  • understand partnership working in services for children and young people
  • support children and young people’s play and leisure and their creative development
  • introduction to duty of care in children’s and young people’s settings.

 This type of learning is undertaken outside the normal day-to-day working environment. It can include activities such as online learning, mentoring, role play, attending competitions and events, or revision and assignments set as homework.

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you will need both maths and English at grade 2 or above, or Functional Skills Level 1. If necessary, these can be studied at College alongside your apprenticeship.

Apprentices build a portfolio of work and workplace assessors will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange on-site visits to observe the apprentices’ ability and skills in their daily role. It is important for the apprentice to take ownership of their own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer. The apprentice’s final grade will be determined by collective performance in the three assessments in the endpoint assessment.

You will learn through a mix of work-related activities and independent study and research. Assessment is on a continuous basis with a number of assessments in each module. Assessments take a variety of forms, such as written reports, witness statements, observations and professional discussions, These can be college based or distance learning.

The majority of work will be completed in the workplace. Additional attendance at College may be required to complete Functional Skills (if needed) and some parts of the knowledge units. Your assessor will liaise with you to set up mutually convenient times for consultation and assessment visits at your place of work.

It is a government requirement for you to spend 20% of your apprenticeship working towards your ‘Off the Job Learning’ which can consist of college attendance, homework/coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring, and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more information can be shared).

You could progress to a Level 3 childcare apprenticeship, with access to higher education and then a degree.

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