Early Years Practitioner – Level 2 apprenticeship

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Early Years Practitioner Level 2

Who is this apprenticeship suitable for?

Those studying apprenticeships in childcare at level 2 can be found in a range of private and public settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home-based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out-of-school environments, and local authority provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the government for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to age 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Typical job titles include: Assistant childminder, Early years practitioner, Nanny and early years workers Nursery assistant, Nursery nurse and Nursery practitioner

The apprentice will 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. They will work as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care of children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher, or another suitably qualified professional in the Early Years Workforce.

Key apprenticeship information
  • Suitable For
    This apprenticeship is suitable for: Suitable for nursery and childminding assistants.
  • Suitable For
    Title of embedded diploma/qualification City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
  • Suitable For
    End-point assessment organisation: City & Guilds
  • Suitable For
    How long will this apprenticeship take to complete: 12 months apprenticeship + 8 weeks End Point Assessment
  • Suitable For
    Cost: Non-levy employer contribution (5%) - £200 & levy paying employer contribution - £4000
Early Years Practitioner Level 2

What will you learn on a childcare apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship allows you, as an apprentice, to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for your job and future career with children and young people.

As part of this Early Years Educator apprenticeship, you will learn how to plan and implement inclusive play, promote speech, language, and communication development and ensure that everything you do is in line with safeguarding and equality policies and procedures. You will also learn how to use reflective practice to get the most from your own continuous professional development.

Your job role may vary, but the most important job you will do is ensuring the welfare and health of the children you care for. You will be involved in playing with children, making sure they stay healthy and happy, and helping them to learn new things every day.

Level 2 Childcare Apprenticeships: FAQs

Undertaking an apprenticeship is a great way for you to begin an incredibly rewarding career. It’s also a big step to take, and we understand that you may have a lot of questions about the course. Let’s take a closer look at the questions many people have about starting an apprenticeship.


What is a childcare apprentice?

A childcare apprentice is someone who works with children, learning the key skills of childcare through a mix of on-the-job training and classroom-based learning, known as a childcare apprenticeship. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to look after children of a variety of ages, play with them, and ensure that they’re able to thrive safely.

What does a childcare apprenticeship look like?

During the apprenticeship, our apprentices work with fully-qualified professionals who will teach you through on-the-job training. Apprentices must also learn through study, with our teachers by your side to help you every step of the way. 

Are apprentices paid?

You will receive payment for your work throughout your apprenticeship. Your employer will pay you at least the national minimum wage, and you will be entitled to holiday pay.

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