Level 2 – Early Years Practitioner (Intermediate Apprenticeship)

Childminder Educators, Nurseries and Pre-schools, Schools

Course Outline 

This course is an apprenticeship, a job with training for new and existing staff employed in an Early Years setting. The course is designed to enable you to reach your full potential in your role in your setting by providing you with the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours needed for your immediate job and future career opportunities.

Early Years Practitioner – Role Profile 

This occupation is found in a range of private and public settings including; full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out of school environments and local authority provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.

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 Practitioner, 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.

They will be responsible for supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children’s learning through planned, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes and working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure. An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences and assist 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. They will also work 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. They will also 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.

Typical job roles include: Nursery Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner, Nursery Nurse, Assistant Childminder, Nanny and Early Years Worker (Institute for Apprentices & Technical Education)

Technical overview


Education – Learning Support 

Qualification Level


Course Duration

12 months

Qualification Credits

38 Total credits

11 mandatory units

Delivery Model

Blended – classroom, workbased and online

Typical Placement / In work Hours

30 hours per week

Typical off the job training hours


Link to overall apprenticeship specification
Delivery locations

East Midlands, Greater Manchester, Kent & Essex, Bristol area

Funding Options

Apprenticeships must be paid for by your employer. We will manage this.

Is this course right for you

This course is designed for a wide range of staff from those newly appointed to those with many years’ experience.  The course will be tailored to individual needs and will build on your existing experience and knowledge. We will not teach you what you already know, rather we will fill in the gaps and introduce you to know concepts to enable you to reach your full potential in your role.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

The course is delivered through a blended model which means a mix of:

  • Classroom delivery (both face to face and online classrooms)
  • Observations of you practice in your school by your assessor
  • Mentoring support from your class teacher and other staff
  • 1-2-1 support from your class tutor
  • Self study to complete assignments set by your tutor
  • Your employer must allocate 20% of the total time you are employed to enable you to progress your apprenticeship training. This will be supervised and monitored by your tutor.

Funding eligibility and entry requirements

  • Must be employed in a school

  •  You must be aged 16 or over, there is no upper age limit.

  • British citizen or resident in the UK for at least 3yrs with the right to work

  • You will be expected to have achieved a relevant level 2 qualification

  • It is preferable that you have already achieve GCSE grade 4 / 5 in both English and Maths, if not, then to start the course you must achieve an initial assessment of at least Entry Level 3 in both English and Maths.

Course completion

  • All course work and practical observations as set by your tutor must be completed

  • To complete you will need to pass an external “end point assessment”

  • Apprentices without English at level 1 and Maths at Level 1 at the start of the programme must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment. These qualifications will be delivered as part of your apprenticeship programme if required.

  • Your course will be graded pass, merit or distinction

  • You will be awarded the following certificates of completion of the course

      • Apprenticeship certificate form the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Qualifications.

      • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners

Functional Skills in Maths and English if you have not already achieved these at GCSE

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