Early Years Lead Practitioner

Level 5 Apprenticeship


This Level 5 Apprenticeship consists of several components to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours of practitioners to create influential, proactive and highly skilled lead practitioners. The Early Years Lead Practitioner will promote the health and wellbeing of all children, whilst ensuring compliance with legislation, policies and strategies at national, local and setting based level. Throughout the apprenticeship, reflection skills will be developed in order to improve pedagogical practice and initiate personal and team continuous professional development.

Who is it suitable for:

  • Room Leaders
  • Deputy Managers
  • Assistant Managers
  • Senior Practitioners

Key information

Qualification level: 5

Duration: 24 months

Qualifications achieved:

Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprenticeship

NCFE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years
Senior Practitioner

Functional skills: Level 2 in maths and English, unless certificates that match the exemption criteria (e.g. GCSE Grade 4-9, A-C or equivalent) can be shown

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Whilst there are no previous qualifications required, we encourage applications from practitioners who have completed their level 3 Early Years qualification. Apprenticeships are funded through the Government and as such have eligibility requirements to enable funding to be accessed. Additionally, your line Manager must endorse your application.

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.


An overview of what you will study…

Month 1

Induction onto programme

Month 2

Managing care routines

Month 3

Health and safety

Month 4

Partnership working

Month 5

Safeguarding, equality, diversity and inclusion

Month 6

Lead practice in promoting the wellbeing and resilience in children

Month 7

Modelling positive behaviour

Month 8

Research project 1 and reflective practice

Month 9

Assignment and case study writing

Month 10

Holistic child development

Month 11

Promoting wellbeing and resilience

Month 12

Play and learning

Month 13

Child development

Month 14


Month 15

Pedagogy and curriculum

Month 16

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Month 17


Month 18

Leaderful practice

Month 19

Research project 2

Month 20

Reflective practice

Month 21

Professional development

Month 22

Case study and report

Month 23

Presentation skills

Month 24

Getting ready for End Point Assessment

Months 25-28

End Point Assessment

Month 29


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