Level 2 early years practitioner


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Early years practitioner level 2 apprenticeship



The Early Year Practitioner level 2 apprenticeship is a recognised qualification for people who are working in childcare in a supporting role such as a nursery assistant or crèche worker. The work-based qualification enables you to develop your abilities and demonstrate your skills in your chosen setting. The childcare level 2 apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to work in the childcare industry and is ideal as a first role.

The childcare level 2 apprenticeship students will learn how to provide effective care and contribute to the social development and practical skills of children and young people. During their training, apprenticeship students will learn under the supervision of experienced childcare practitioners.

The main responsibilities of a student completing their childcare level 2 apprenticeship are focussed around educating and developing children – ensuring they are learning and having fun at the same time. You’ll be assisting your employer with learning plans and class observations, as well as helping prepare healthy, nutritious food for breakfast and snacks throughout the day.

What is covered on this course?
The diploma consists of 9 mandatory units covering topics such as child development, safeguarding, health and safety, Supporting activities, purposeful play and educational programmes and effective communication.

Apprentices will work towards their diploma, functional skills (Level 2) and End Point Assessment.

What are the entry requirements for this course and who is suitable for?
An apprentice must be over 16 years in order to complete the diploma. All learners must undertake a DBS check and provide the result. This course is suitable for childcare workers in a variety of settings which could include: early learning centre, pre-school, nursery or crèche, social care setting with children aged 0-19 years, youth/community setting.

How is the apprenticeship delivered?
Aspiration Training provide a wide range of support measures to learners including bespoke online meeting tutorials as well as blended learning options – In which, learners can select computer-based study options such as home learning. Learners will be given access to our online e-portfolio system, Smart Assessor, to submit work and be given feedback from an allocated personal tutor who will mentor them throughout the qualification, and visit at the workplace to offer further support and guidance.

Off the Job Training

Off the Job training is one of the key principles of apprenticeships to provide a varied and wide learning experience. 20% of all working hours will be used to gain new skills and experiences to broaden a learner’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Examples could include:

  • The teaching of theory (for example: teaching sessions, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning),
  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, training courses, attendance at competitions, learning new skills.
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments or projects

What is included in the End Point Assessment?

The End-Point Assessment will use two assessment methods:

  • A portfolio based professional discussion
  • A multiple choice knowledge test

How long does this apprenticeship take?

12 months + 3 months End Point Assessment



Your apprenticeship questions answered

Click below for answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Can my existing staff start an apprenticeship?

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Of course! Placing your existing staff on an apprenticeship is a great way of upskilling your employees and uncovering your future managers. It can be a great way of motivating and rewarding your staff by committing to their continued personal development within your business.

How does the apprentice learn?

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Apprentices do most of their learning at work and benefit from regular contact with their dedicated assigned assessor. There is coursework to be completed while on the course, which is to be submitted online, however, the knowledge to complete this is provided while learning inside your business.

How much do I have to pay an apprentice?

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Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices if they are aged 19 and under or aged 19 and over and in their first year of an apprenticeship.

Apprentices are often paid higher amounts as their skills develop and we encourage employers to do so

Why should I take on an apprentice?

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Apprentices can bring fresh new ideas to your business allowing them to grow and thrive. You gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way. They can motivate your workforce more and overall enhance your business performance while addressing skills shortages in your business.

Why choose us

We can help you to choose an apprenticeship course that is right for your employees, or support you with recruitment to fill an apprenticeship vacancy. We work closely with you and the learner will help to develop the skills needed for your setting. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your business needs.

We  are able to tap into a talent pool overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into apprenticeship roles.


Don’t just take our word for it, hear what some of our employers and learners have to say…

Childcare level 2 apprentice at Windmill City Farm

“I enjoy working with the kids and seeing them develop, which is something you don’t see in the class room.”

Childcare level 2 apprentice Angels Day Nursery

“I would recommend Aspiration Training, they have been absolutely great.”


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