Early Years Practitioner Level 2 apprenticeship

Who is the apprenticeship for?

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

The aim of this qualification is to provide your team with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years.

Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner Level 2

12 months

City & Guilds

What will they learn?

This apprenticeship will teach your Early Years Practitioner to demonstrate a knowledge of child development, health, and safety, safeguarding and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Early Years Practitioners have a range of skills, such as communicating with children, parents, and their team, planning an assessment and supporting child-initiated and adult-led activities.

An Early years Practitioner works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, or other suitably qualified level 3+ professionals in the Early Years Workforce.

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:


  • Ways to communicate with children
  • Equality, rights, diversity & cultural differences
  • Safeguarding risk factors & legislation
  • Child development & the principles of observation, assessment & planning to the EYFS
  • Health & wellbeing of babies & young children
  • Child initiated play and adult-led play activities
  • Partnership working
  • Reflective practice


  • Effective communication skills with babies, children & adults
  • Promote respect, equality & diversity
  • Recognise when a child is in danger, at risk of serious harm or abuse and follow the settings procedures for safeguarding
  • Work with colleagues to identify & plan enabling environments, activities, play opportunities & educational programmes, adult led & child initiated to support children’s holistic development through a range of play, creativity, social development & learning
  • Promote health & wellbeing in settings by encouraging babies & young children, encouraging healthy eating & exercise
  • Implement & review activities to support children’s play, creativity, social development and learning and clear up after activities
  • Work with colleagues & parents to support the holistic development of children or babies
  • Use feedback, mentoring and/or supervision to identify and support areas for development, goals and career opportunities


  • Care & compassion
  • Honesty, trust & integrity
  • Positive work ethic
  • Team focused
  • Commitment to improving outcomes
  • Work in a non-discriminatory way
  • Professional & reflective practice

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Your pathway to success

The 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.

The sector is steadily expected to grow in terms of volume employees required, with presently around 360,500 staff working in non-maintained childcare settings (full day care, childminders, etc) and there are over 115,000 staff working in maintained early years provision (nursery schools, nursery classes or reception classes in schools).

At Paragon Skills, we are committed to inspiring you to succeed and to ensuring that that get the best training to develop your career.

We are looking for learners as committed and as passionate as we are. If this sounds like you, then contact us today about the opportunities available to you and the Early Years Educator Advanced Level 3 apprenticeship.


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 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
  • 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
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