Level 5 – Early Years Lead Practitioner (Higher Apprenticeship)

Nurseries and Pre-schools, Schools

Course Outline 

This course is an apprenticeship, a job with training for level 3 qualified staff looking to progress into an early years lead role and become level 5 qualified.. This course will enable you to reach your full potential in your role in your setting by providing you with the knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours needed for your job and future career opportunities.

Early Years Lead Practitioner – Role Profile 

Early Years Lead Educators are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

An Early Years Lead Practitioner

  • Is a proactive and influential practitioner, working directly with children, skilfully leading day to day practice at an operational level
  • Is an effective role models of play based learning, supporting others to develop their own practice
  • Takes an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care, adapting to individual needs providing inclusive and holistic provision
  • Interacts with children aged birth to eight years, families, practitioners, other professionals and appropriate agencies
  • Is responsible for supporting the quality of learning and development in their setting.
  • Leads on the operational aspects of this provision and are typically responsible for leading other practitioners
  • Usually reports directly to the head of the setting (The Manager, The Leader, The Director)

Technical overview


Education – Learning Support 

Qualification Level


Course Duration

18 months

Link to overall apprenticeship specification
Delivery Model

Blended – classroom, workbased and online

Typical Placement / In work Hours

30 hours per week

Typical off the job training hours


Delivery locations

East Midlands, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire & the Humber, Kent & Essex, London, Bristol area.

Funding Options

This course is funded by your employer

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
  • You must be aged 18 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 must already be level 3 qualified
  • 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 have already achieved Level 1 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 2 and Maths at Level 2 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 from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Qualifications.

      • Functional Skills in Maths and English both at level 2 if you have not already achieved these at GCSE

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