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. You must have support from your employer.

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)


This 15-month apprenticeship costs £4,000 and can be funded through your employer either via the Apprenticeship Levy Fund or a 5% contribution.

More details on the Apprenticeship Levy Fund can be found on the Government website here.

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.

As an apprentice your will also be eligible to 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


Bud: Online Platform

The training plan and communication related to the apprenticeship are managed through an online platform called “Bud.” This platform serves as a central hub for all apprenticeship-related activities.

Ease of Use: Bud is designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. This is crucial for both apprentices and employers to ensure that they can access and utilise the platform effectively.

Login Access for Employers: Your employer will be provided with login access to Bud. This feature allows them to monitor and keep track of your progress in real-time. Employers can view your completed tasks, achievements, and any issues or challenges you may be facing.

Progress Tracking: The platform includes features for tracking and documenting your progress. This involves the submission of completed work, assessments, and feedback from supervisors, mentors and the Trainer Assessor. The progress tracking helps in evaluating your development and ensuring that you are meeting the objectives set out in the training plan.

Overall, this approach combines modern technology with a structured training plan to enhance the effectiveness of apprenticeship programmes, making it easier for apprentices and employers to collaborate and monitor progress throughout the apprenticeship journey.

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