Early Years Lead Practitioner

Level 5 apprenticeship

Who is the apprenticeship for?

The Early Years Lead Practitioner programme will support learners who work in a range of settings including day nurseries, playgroups, nursery schools, pre-schools, primary schools, hospitals and social care settings. It will support the learner to understand self-awareness and undertake activities to self-assess their learning styles.

This programme is ideal for those who are proactive and influential practitioners and work directly with children, leading the day-to-day practice at an operational level. It will provide a tailored learning experience with high-quality and compassionate learning and development opportunities. Learners will be able to follow and meet the standards, policies, or protocols, lead on the operational aspects of the provision, and will be typically responsible for leading other practitioners, an aspect or environment.

Standards Only

24 months

TQUK

What will they learn?

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

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for supporting the quality of learning and development in their setting. They will typically lead on the operational aspects of this provision and are typically responsible for leading other practitioners, an aspect or environment such as; Communication and Language, Planning and Assessment, Forest School, Physical Activity and Nutrition.

They usually are in roles that report directly to the head of the setting (The Manager, The Leader, The Director).

How will they learn?

Our Personal Tutors will deliver high-quality face-to-face learning and coaching and provide all the resources your employee will need to progress quickly. Our intuitive learner management system ‘Bud’ will really bring the subject to life through interactive learning tools, access to complementary online resources and relevant social communities, as well as provide real-time learner information so that you will always know what your employee is learning and how they are progressing.

This apprenticeship will develop your employees’ knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following areas:

Knowledge

  • Self-awareness & reflective practice
  • Ethical and rights-based approaches to support the child
  • Child protection and safeguarding policies & procedures
  • Typical and atypical neurological, cognitive, social, emotional, behavioural, communication and physical development
  • Theories of self-regulation, resilience & wellbeing
  • Theories of attachment
  • The social-cultural context on the learning and development of the child
  • The importance of play and the theoretical perspectives of play
  • Collaborative approaches to working with parents and third parties
  • How planning cycles inform and improve practice

Skills

  • Reflective practitioner
  • Advocate for the child
  • Safeguarding
  • Analyse and articulate children’s individual learning
  • Develop and extend children’s learning and thinking
  • Individual development needs and circumstances of children
  • Support, mentor, coach and guide colleagues
  • Develop and articulate own pedagogical approach and practice
  • Importance of the home learning environment
  • Observe, assess, plan, facilitate and participate in play opportunities

Behaviours

  • Ethical, fair, consistent, and impartial, always valuing equality and diversity within professional boundaries
  • Leaderful and motivating
  • Person centred, friendly and approachable
  • Caring, empathetic and respectful
  • Authentic and fun
  • Positive and proactive member of the team
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Receptive, open to challenge and constructive criticism

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Your pathway to success

This apprenticeship offers huge potential to progress your career in this rewarding industry. There is huge scope to work in a variety of supervisory roles in the childcare sector.

When looking at career progress on completion of your Early Year Lead Practioner level 5 programme you should aspire to a Level 6 – Graduate / Degree Qualifications – For practitioners in senior positions, lead/professional roles Example are: the Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Degree or Qualified Teachers Status in Early Years (England).

To find out more about the Early Year Lead Practioner level 5 apprenticeship or an other programmes within Childcare, Contact us today on 0800 783 2545.

FAQs

How do we employ an apprentice?

We can help you find the right apprentice for your business. If you are looking to employ an apprentice you can learn more about the process on our Employing an apprentice page, or you can call us to discuss your requirements on 0800 783 2545.

How much does apprenticeship training cost?

The cost of an apprenticeship varies and is dependent on the level and Standard or Framework. To find out which Standards or Frameworks best meet your business needs, and the cost of these, speak to your training provider.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

In the sectors we work in, an apprenticeship takes 12 to 48 months, however this can vary depending on the hours worked, the industry sector and level of qualification.

Happy Child Nursery

Josie Lauren Hagger

I completed my Level 3 children and young people’s workforce with Paragon. I couldn’t have asked for a better tutor! She was always there to help (no matter what time of day!), quick response with helpful advice to texts, emails or calls and came to see me at my nursery once a month without fail! I wouldn’t have been able to get through it without her.

Apprenticeships in this sector

  • Level 5 apprenticeship

    The Early Years Lead Practitioner programme will support your employees, no matter the setting, including day nurseries, playgroups, nursery schools, pre-schools, primary schools, hospitals and social care settings.

    It will support them to understand self-awareness and undertake activities to self-assess their learning styles.

    Standards only
    24 months TQUK
  • Level 2 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship is ideal for employees that support and promote children and young people’s early education and development.

    These employees play an important role in preparing young people for their future school lives by helping them to gain the full range of social and practical skills they need to progress.

    Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
    12 months City & Guilds
  • Level 4 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship is ideal for any employees working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives.

    Children, Young People & Families Practitioner Level 4
    24 months TQUK
  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship is ideal for employees that support and promote children and young people’s early education and development.

    These employees play an important role in preparing young people for their future school lives by helping them to gain the full range of social and practical skills they need to progress.

    Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
    18 months City & Guilds
  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship is ideal for employees that work with children and young people across primary, secondary or special education settings.

    These employees provide direct support to both teachers and pupils and are key in enhancing the learning experience and opportunities for all.

    Certificate in Teaching Assistant Level 3
    18 months City & Guilds
  • Level 5 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship is ideal for any employees who work either as a Manager in Children’s Residential Care or as a Children, Young People and Families Manager in the community.

    They might work in a range of settings including local authorities, health organisations, educational and early years settings or children’s centres.

    Children, Young People & Families Manager Level 5
    24 months TQUK
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