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Level 2 Early Years Practitioner

This programme is designed for apprentices who want to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours for a job role as an Early Years Practitioner.  The apprenticeship include the Early Years Practitioner qualification at Level 2.

 Activities Covered 

An EYP 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.


An Early Years Practitioner:


  • Interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi-agency professionals

  • Interacts with partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists

  • Will be responsible for supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child

  • Supports children’s learning through planned, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes

  • Works as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure

  • Supports the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences

  • Assists with the care needs of the individual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting, under direction of a more senior member of the team

  • Works in partnerships with other colleagues, parents and/or carers, or other professionals, with support from a more senior member of the team, to meet the individual needs of each child

  • Will have a responsibility for ensuring that they 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

 Included Units 

As part of this apprenticeship you will be required to undertake mandatory units. The below list is not exhaustive and may vary depending on the awarding organisation. Those required might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Example mandatory units:

Children and Young People’s Development
Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People

 Learning Hours 

The approximate duration is 12 months of learning, with a 3 month gateway at the end to complete the End-Point Assessment. There is an average of 6 hours per week off-the-job learning. All apprentices must complete a minimum of 20% off-the-job training within their working hours.

 Apprenticeship Delivery 

For those undertaking an apprenticeship route, the additional components will be delivered alongside the core qualification.

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English

  • Attempt Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

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