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Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship

Course code: XMZS400P

Subject area: Early Years

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 2

Course details

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Course date:

Flexible Start - 31st Jul 2024

Course location:

Off Site

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01235 216 216

The broad purpose of the occupation is 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 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 the Early Years Workforce.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. Individuals will undergo all checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children. Due to the nature and level of responsibility it is not anticipated that the role would have any budgetary or leadership responsibilities.


• 13 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

• Work-based training with your employer

• Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year

• Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)

• Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

• Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner

• Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship

End Point Assessment:

• Knowledge test

• Professional discussion

Course units
What will apprentices learn?

• How children learn and 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 babies’ and young children’s learning and development 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.

• Own role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and security, including child protection, reporting and confidentiality of information.

• The legal requirements and guidance for, Health and safety and Security

• Risks and hazards in the work setting and during off site visits.

What next?
An apprentice can progress to complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship.
Entry criteria
Applicants are likely to have 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4, including Maths and ideally English, or equivalent, and will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role.
Fee information
Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has a £4,000 funding band. Small companies will need to make a contribution of £200; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Qualifications included:

• Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner

• Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship

User skills
• Support babies and young children through a range of transitions e.g. moving onto school, moving house or the birth of a sibling

• Recognise when a child is in danger, at risk of serious harm or abuse and explain the procedures to be followed to protect them. Types of abuse including: domestic, neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

• Identify risks and hazards in the work setting and during off site visits, relating to both children and staff

• Demonstrate skills and understanding for the prevention and control of infection, including hand washing, food preparation and hygiene, dealing with spillages safely, safe disposal of waste, using correct personal protective equipment.

• Use equipment, furniture and materials safely, following the manufacturers’ instructions and setting’s requirements.

• Encourage children to be aware of personal safety and the safety of others and develop personal hygiene practices (including oral hygiene).

• Promote health and wellbeing in settings by encouraging babies and young children to consume healthy and balanced meals, snacks and drinks appropriate for their age and be physically active through planned and spontaneous activity throughout the day, both indoors and outdoors.

• Care and compassion - provide the very best childcare to every child every day combined with the ability to identify opportunities for development.

• Honesty, trust and integrity - develop trust by working in a confidential, ethical and empathetic manner with a common sense and professional attitude.

• Positive work ethic – maintains professional standards within the work environment providing a positive role model for children.

• Being team-focused - work effectively with colleagues and other professionals.

• Commitment - to improving the outcomes for children through inspiration and child centred care and education.