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Level: 2
Typical Duration: 12 months

Possible Job Role: Nursery Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner

Course Overview

The broad purpose of the occupation is to work and interact 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. An Early Years Practitioner (EYP) works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an early years educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional within the early years workforce.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi-agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. Individuals will undergo all checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.
An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child contributing to their learning experiences and assisting with the care needs. Such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under the direction of a more senior member of the team.

Qualification Achieved

On completion of this apprenticeship, you will hold a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Early Years.
Additional qualifications achieved include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Educator
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English


The role may act as a gateway to further career and training opportunities, including, but not limited to:

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Early Years Teaching Assistant

Learning & Assessment

Each apprentice will have their own dedicated tutor who will conduct monthly remote tutorials and reviews, providing continuous support throughout the apprenticeship program. Depending on the apprentice’s needs, the frequency of these sessions may vary.

Additionally, each learner will be paired with a workplace mentor who will collaborate with the tutor and learner, offering expertise and guidance to facilitate skill development.

The mentor will provide support, constructive feedback, and assist in various tasks the learner will undertake, such as:

  • Knowledge assignments
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Reflective accounts
  • Professional discussions
  • Workplace witness testimonies
  • Observations, either onsite or remote, will be conducted by the tutor as required by the course.

End Point Assessment

Each Apprentice must undergo an independent end-point assessment to determine the outcome of their apprenticeship. The assessments will assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained during their programme. The methods in which this apprenticeship are assessed are:

  • Professional Discussion
  • Knowledge Test

Entry Requirements

Individual employers may set their own criteria for this apprenticeship.

Hire an Apprentice

We can work with you to source a suitable applicant for your organisation or you can up-skill your existing employees. If the employee is under 19 and your business has fewer than 50 employees, there will be no cost for the training. If they are over 19 and/or your business has over 50 employees then you will contribute 5% towards the cost of the training. For any businesses paying into the levy, all training costs will be covered.


With our Talent Match recruitment service, Talent Bank, we will advertise your vacancy, screen applicants and pre-interview potential prospects in order to ensure you only interview the most appropriate candidates for your vacancy – all free of charge.


We offer a dedicated virtual learning platform which allows learners to keep on track of their course. In addition to this, it allows our tutors and employers to keep up-to-date with the progression of learners.