Level 2 early years practitioner


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Early years practitioner level 2 apprenticeship



This apprenticeship is for those working in the 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.

Providing support in learning, development and care to children from birth to 5 years in indoor and outdoor environments. The apprentice will work with children on a day to day basis and support the planning and delivery of purposeful play and educational activities focusing on the needs and interests of individual children. As part of a professional team they will also support the care needs, welfare and safety of children.

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?
An apprentice must be over 16 years in order to complete the diploma. All learners must undertake a DBS check and provide the result.

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.

Assessment plan
To ensure that the apprentice is on track during the apprenticeship, you are required to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA). EPA is the name given to a series of tests an apprentice must take to prove their ability to do the job they have been training for.

These tests take place at the end of an apprenticeship following a period of training and development often referred to as the ‘on-programme’ period.

When is the assessment?
Apprentices will be entered for the final assessment when the employer, in consultation with the training provider, considers the apprentice has demonstrated the skills, knowledge / understanding and behaviours required of a competent worker in that sector. This would be based on a continuous review of the apprentice’s performance and progress.

Final EPA – via third party agreed with employer
The focus of the final assessment is on the apprentice being able to prove their competence in their role. This entails showing sufficiency of skills, knowledge and behaviours. The final assessment will begin around 2 months before the end of the apprenticeship.

What is the professional discussion?
The professional discussion will be a two way conversation between the apprentice and an independent assessor. The assessor will ask questions based on the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the assessment plan and underpinned by the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence..

What is the knowledge test?
The knowledge test will contain 40 multiple choice questions with a requirement of answering a minimum of 26 questions correctly in order to pass. The test will be closed book which means no reference books or materials are allowed to be used in the test.

Apprenticeship Grading
The overall grade of a fail, pass and distinction will be based on the combined grade of both assessment methods.

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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