Early Years Practitioner

Level 2 Apprenticeship


This engaging Level 2 apprenticeship develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work in a childcare setting.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship.

Who is it suitable for:

  • Nursery Worker/Supervisors
  • Nursery Nurses
  • Nursery Teaching Assistants
  • Early Years Workers/Assistants
  • Nursery Practitioners
  • Classroom Assistants

Key information

Qualification level: 2

Duration: 15 months

Qualifications achieved: Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 

Functional skills: Level 1 in maths and English, unless certificates that match the exemption criteria (e.g. GCSE Grade 2 and above, E and above or equivalent) can be shown

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Whilst no previous qualifications are needed, apprenticeships are funded through the Government and as such have eligibility requirements to enable funding to be accessed. 

Apprentices must:

  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • Not be in any other form of education or study.
  • Have been resident in the EEA (European Economic Area) for the past 3 years and have proof of this.
  • Have a National Insurance number.
  • Hold a permanent contract of employment prior to starting your apprenticeship (this will be within a Childbase Partnership nursery)

Further information:

Apprentices are assigned a qualified and dedicated Trainer Assessor (and Functional Skills Tutor if required) to provide them with the help and support needed. The apprenticeship is delivered via a blended learning approach of on and off the job training to ensure you can develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for your role and to support your learning style. This includes:

  • Regular training days and one to one support sessions at our Academy in Newport Pagnell.
  • Observations and discussions with a dedicated Trainer Assessor/mentor to evidence skills within your nursery.
  • Witness statements from colleagues to evidence behaviours.
  • Support with assignment writing to evidence knowledge.
  • One to one functional skills support, if applicable

Our salaries for apprentices:

As a Childbase colleague you will also have access to a variety of benefits which can be viewed here and you can apply for a TOTUM student discount card.


An overview of what you will study…

Month 1


Month 2

Roles and Responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner

Month 3

Health and Safety

Month 4

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Safeguarding

Month 5

Supporting child development and care routines

Month 6

Supporting planning and delivery of activities

Month 7

Promoting the wellbeing of children for healthy lifestyles

Month 8

Supporting children with SEND

Month 9

Promoting positive behaviour

Month 10

Partnership working

Month 11

Supporting children to prepare for school

Month 12

Getting ready for End Point Assessment

Months 13&14

End Point Assessment

Month 15


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