Early Years Lead Practitioner – Level 5 apprenticeship

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Who is this apprenticeship suitable for?

The Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner (EYLP) apprenticeship is ideal for proactive, influential practitioners, working directly with children. These highly skilled professionals take an operational lead for the care, learning, and development of all young children within their care and lead and support the practice of others. It is an excellent progression route for practitioners who hold a level 2 or level 3 qualification in Early Years; this course will progress and enhance your practice and knowledge.

Typical job titles include: Assistant manager, Baby room leader, Deputy manager, Early years coordinator, Early years foundation stage lead, Coordinator Early years officer, Early years practitioner, Early years support worker, Education welfare officer, Health play specialist, Higher level teaching and learning assistant, Hospital play worker, Key worker, Lead practitioner, Nursery officer, Pastoral assistant, Pastoral care manager, Pre-school leader, Senior key worker, Senior practitioner, Specialist practitioner in child development (health) and community nursery nurse

The Early Years Lead Practitioner programme will develop your knowledge, skills, and behaviours to be proactive and influential, skilfully leading day-to-day practice at an operational level. The course will promote the health and well-being of all children, participating in and leading daily routines, whilst ensuring compliance with legislation, policies, and strategies at national, local, and setting-based level. You will be an active and effective key worker, advocating on behalf of the children as well as disseminating best practice and demonstrating leaderful practice.

Key apprenticeship information
  • Suitable For
    This apprenticeship is suitable for: Proactive, influential practitioners, working directly with children
  • Suitable For
    Level of qualification on completion: Early Years Lead Practitioner – Level 5 apprenticeship
  • Suitable For
    End-point assessment organisation: Innovate Awarding
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    How long will this apprenticeship take to complete: 24 months apprenticeship + 12 weeks End Point Assessment
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    Cost: Non-levy employer contribution (5%) - £400 & levy paying employer contribution - £8000
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What will you learn on the apprenticeship?

As part of the Early Years Lead Practitioner apprenticeship, you will learn to engage with sector developments both locally and nationally, with a commitment to developing your own professional and educational competencies. You will learn to interact with children aged from newborn to eight years, families, practitioners, other professionals, and appropriate agencies. 


In this occupation, you will be responsible for supporting the quality of learning and development in the setting. You will learn to lead on the operational aspects of this provision and will typically be responsible for leading the practice of other practitioners on aspects or environment such as; Communication and Language, Planning and Assessment, SENCO, Forest School, Physical Activity, and Nutrition. 

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