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Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Duration 12 months
Funding Maximum funding band is £4,000
Delivery Workplace assessments, EPA preparation

Role Profile

An Early Years Practitioner works as part of a 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.

The responsibilities of the role include working and interacting 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.

The role also involves demonstrating strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and adopting a proactive approach to developing skills.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills.

Apprenticeship Content

This apprenticeship covers the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:


  • 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.
  • Own role and responsibilities, including reporting, in the event of a baby or young child requiring medical/ dental attention, a non-medical incident or emergency and identifying risks and hazards
  • The work settings procedures for receiving, storing, recording, administration and the safe disposal of medicines.
  • The signs and symptoms which may indicate that a child is injured, unwell (including common childhood illnesses and allergies) or in need of urgent medical/ dental attention.
  • The impact of health and wellbeing on children’s development.
  • The current dietary guidance for early years and why it is important for babies and young children to have a healthy balanced diet and be physically active.
  • Ways to communicate with all children appropriate for all their stages of development, including those whom English is an additional language (EAL) or who have delayed speech.
  • The statutory framework, including the learning and development requirements for babies and young children that must be implemented by your setting.
  • The terms adult led activities, child initiated activities and spontaneous experiences.
  • The key stages in the observation, assessment and planning cycle and the value of observation for the child, the parents/ carers and the early years setting in planning the next steps.
  • How to refer concerns about a baby’s or child’s development.
  • The statutory guidance in relation to the care and education of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Partnership working (including parents/carers) in relation to working effectively with children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • What specialist aids, resources and equipment are available for the children you work with and how to use these safely.
  • Own role and expected behaviours and the roles of colleagues and the team.
  • How to access work place policies and procedures and your own responsibilities and accountabilities relating to these.
  • How behaviour can impact on babies and children and influence them.
  • Own responsibilities when following procedures in the work setting for reporting, whistleblowing, protecting and promoting the welfare of children, safeguarding, confidentiality, information sharing and use of technology.
  • The importance of reflective practice and continued professional development to improve own skills and early years practice.
  • The roles and responsibilities of other agencies and professionals that work with and support your setting, both statutory and non-statutory.
  • The importance of the voice of the child, parental/carer engagement, the home learning environment and their roles in early learning.


  • Support babies and young children through a range of transitions.
  • 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.
  • Carry out respectful care routines appropriate to the development, stage, dignity and needs of the child, including eating (feeding and weaning/complimentary feeding), nappy changing procedures, potty/toilet training, care of skin, teeth and hair and rest and sleep provision.
  • Communicate with all children in ways that will be understood, including verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Extend children’s development and learning through verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Encourage babies and young children to use a range of communication methods.
  • Use a range of communication methods to exchange information with children and adults.
  • Work with colleagues to identify and plan enabling environments, activities (both indoors and outdoors), play opportunities and educational programmes (both adult led and child initiated) to support children’s holistic development through a range of play, creativity, social development and learning.
  • Implement and review activities to support children’s play, creativity, social development and learning and clear up after activities.
  • Observe children, assess, plan and record the outcomes, sharing results accurately and confidentially in line with expected statutory framework and setting’s requirements.
  • Use learning activities to support early language development.
  • Support children’s early interest and development in mark making, writing, reading and being read to.
  • Support children’s interest and development in mathematical learning including numbers, number patterns, counting, sorting and matching.
  • Support the assessment, planning, implementation and reviewing (the graduated approach) of each baby’s and young child’s individual plan for their care and participation.
  • Work in ways that value and respect the developmental needs and stages of babies and children.
  • Use feedback, mentoring and/or supervision to identify and support areas for development, goals and career opportunities.
  • Work co-operatively with colleagues, other professionals and agencies to meet the needs of babies and young children and enable them to progress.
  • Work alongside parents and/or carers and recognise their role in the babies/child’s health, well-being, learning and development.
  • Encourage parents and/or carers to take an active role in the babies/child’s care, play, learning and development.
  • Demonstrate how to share information with parents/carers about the importance of healthy balanced diets, looking after teeth and being physically.


  • Care and compassion
  • Honesty, trust and integrity
  • Positive work ethic
  • Being team-focused
  • Work in a non- discriminatory way
  • Professional practice

Additional Qualifications Gained

  • NCFE Diploma in Early years Educator (Level 2)
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Infection Control and Autism Awareness


Apprentices will complete an End Point Assessment, which will assess each of the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed above.

Assessment consists of two elements:

  1. Knowledge Test 
  2. Portfolio-based professional discussion

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If you would like to learn more about becoming an apprentice, please complete our Apprenticeship Enquiry Form or call us on 01744 623521.