Early Years Practitioner

Level 2 Apprenticeship


This apprenticeship is for those working in private and public settings such as nursery schools, full day care and pre-schools, delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the Government and providing support in learning, development and care to children from age 0 to 5 in indoor and outdoor environments. The learner will be in a role that supports the key worker through daily activities, including providing personal care for children, implementing planned activities, supporting observations, keeping children safe, supporting and following health and safety practices and communicating with others.

What is covered on the course?

The learner will be expected to complete the 7 mandatory diploma units and a minimum of 3 credits from the optional units below:


  • Development of children
  • Wellbeing of children
  • Health and safety
  • Protection of children
  • Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
  • Continuing professional development
  • Partnership working


  • Contribute to the support of babies and young children’s creative development
  • Develop positive relationships with babies, young children and others involved in their care
  • Support babies and young children at meal or snack times
  • Support babies and young children with disabilities and special educational needs
  • Safeguarding the welfare of babies and young children
  • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s settings
  • Support babies and young children’s play and leisure

The individual will also work towards Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English, if applicable.

Key info

Course duration

12 months with up to 3 months EPA.

Entry requirements

The individual must be at least 16 years old and will be required to undertake a DBS check. They must be employed, working more than 16 hours per week and have some experience of working with children.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • 90-minute professional discussion, underpinned by showcase portfolio
  • 40-question multiple-choice exam, completed within 60 minutes


Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:

  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Diploma
  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English level 1 or 2 (as appropriate)
I have recently completed my Level 2 Early Years Practitioner with Aspiration Training. After initially starting at a Preschool as their housekeeper with no prior experience in the Early Year Sector, this was a great opportunity for me to develop my knowledge. As a mother of two, it was also manageable to complete around my family and home life. I hope to progress and complete a Level 3 in Early Years in the near future and thank the staff at Aspiration Training for their support.
Jemma Davis Early Years Practitioner
I found my Level 3 qualification to be a really insightful and interesting course that has definitely helped me improve in the field I work in. It gave me lots of information that helped improve my practice and the quality of care I give to children.
Alex Cooper Early Years Educator

What happens after my apprenticeship?

At Aspiration Training, we provide every learner with a career pathway. This is a plan with clear, practical steps our learners can take to achieve the career of their dreams.

Our career pathways show typical routes through the various stages of learning, the knowledge and skills that will be learnt along the way and the career options that may be available as a result.

Career Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit.

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles associated with each career.

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