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Early Years Lead Practitioner - Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship


This 18-month apprenticeship has been designed to provide you with the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be an Early Years Lead Practitioner meeting the needs of employers and developing your career opportunities within an early years setting. As a proactive and influential practitioner, you will work directly within children, skilfully leading day to day practice at an operational level.

You may be employed in a range of settings to include nurseries, playgroups, nursery school, pre-schools, kindergartens, primary schools, and social care settings. As an active practitioner you are an effective role model of play based learning supporting others to develop their practice. As a highly skilled professional you will take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of young children.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration / Fees
01 Aug 2023
University Centre
/ £0
01 Aug 2024
University Centre
/ £0

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

This apprenticeship will support your development as an early years lead practitioner with future progression opportunities to early years management roles within your organisation or more widely in the sector.

Key information

Entry Requirements

This apprenticeship is aimed at those individuals that are currently employed in an appropriate role within the early years sector and sponsored by your employer. Ideally you should also hold a level 3 qualification in early years and have a level 2 functional skills maths and English or be willing to work towards this. You must also have a current DBS.

You will have a professional discussion with the programme leader to confirm your eligibility for the apprenticeship. If you are not sure that you meet the entry requirements, we would be happy to discuss this with you.

Extra costs and equipment

A computer is also required as all assessments are submitted electronically. You will need to have an up-to-date DBS certificate to be employed in the early years sector. If this is not provided by your setting the cost of the application is at present £38, ID verification through the Post Office is £13 and subsequent applications to the DBS update service are £13 per year.

You may also wish to purchase books to support your studies. Face-to-face sessions, approximately every 4 weeks, will be at the University Campus where car parking fees apply.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

You are required to work in an appropriate role in an approved early years setting, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

During the apprenticeship you will be formatively assessed in a number of ways to include observations, professional discussions, reflective journals, structured questions and case studies.

The apprenticeship is formally assessed through End Point Assessment (EPA) which occurs at the end of the 18-month apprenticeship. Assessment comprises of an observation with questions, a professional discussion and the completion of a case study report and presentation.