Early years practitioner apprenticeship

Our exciting level 2 early years apprenticeship provides the head start you need to work in the childcare and early years sector. If you’re working in early years or looking for a career to support young children our programme may just be what you need.

Young Early Years Practitioner in a nursery with children
Course overview

At a glance

Level

2

Duration

12 months

Location

Workplace

About the course

We’re confident that this apprenticeship will provide you with the core skills that you need to work effectively within an early years setting.

The programme is 12 months of learning, followed by the End Point Assessment (EPA). This ensures you have enough time to learn everything you need and you’ll have the confidence to successfully pass the apprenticeship.

During the apprenticeship, you’ll receive frequent teaching sessions as well as being able to join remote webinars, complete the paediatric first aid course and independent tasks. Your trainer will support you and be on hand at all times so that you get the very best support when you need it.

All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS check with their employer as part of our safer recruitment process.

Is this course right for you?

We know that a career in early years can be extremely rewarding. We also understand how important it is for you to get the right skills to help you progress in the sector and have the capability and expertise to make a positive difference to children.

The early years practitioner level 2 programme is an ideal apprenticeship for those with job titles such as Nursery Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner.

Our flexible and blended approach to training means that activities can be scheduled around needs. All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or small group webinars which can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection.

Throughout the programme we will meet with you to ensure you understand your programme, to report on your development and progress as well as making sure your programme requirements are being met.

Spinney Day John Thompson

I am pleased to say that we have always been extremely well supported by the Realise team especially in lockdown.

John Thompson OBE, Spinney Day Nursery, Owner

My apprenticeship has been pivotal in developing my knowledge of early years. Realise’s course was exceptional.

Natalie Cunningham. Mommabears Day Nursery

Saief Ahmed reading to children

If you enjoy practical learning as apprenticeship is for you. It gives you so many opportunities to enhance your career.

Saief Ahmed, Rainbows Day Nursery

What you’ll learn

Over the course of the apprenticeship you’ll develop the essential skills and behaviours that you would expect to see in an exceptional employee.

Key learning topics covered during the apprenticeship include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner
  • Effective communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Child development
  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Health & safety
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Equality & diversity
  • Partnership working

Apprentices need to have level 1 English and maths and attempt level 2 before the final End Point Assessment to complete their apprenticeship. But don’t worry, we use a great online tool to help with English and maths learning, making it as easy as possible for apprentices. We also have a dedicated and friendly team of highly skilled specialist English and maths tutors who can provide additional support, if needed, alongside the support of the apprenticeship trainer.

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

How you’ll learn

Our highly skilled and knowledgeable staff share their experiences of working in the sector to support and develop the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a great practitioner.

All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or in small group webinars so that you have the best experience possible with sector experts.

We are delivering the programme remotely to provide as much flexibility as possible. You will benefit from a mix of on and off-the-job training.

Our typical delivery model includes:

  • 1-2-1 sessions (or remote sessions)
  • Webinars (including external expert guest speakers)
  • Remote support including Zoom, telephone and e-mail
  • Independent learning
  • Ongoing mentoring, coaching, advice and guidance
  • Specialist English and maths support (if needed)
  • Impartial Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG)
  • EPA preparation and support, including Gateway Readiness Check and mock tests

Our experts

The people that make it happen

Claire

Trainer assessor

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Claire

Trainer assessor

I did my NVQ level 3 in childcare, then worked my way up to a management role, I then trained as an assessor and I have been assessing in childcare for 11 years now, I absolutely love the role!
Emmah

Trainer assessor

Jane

Trainer assessor

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Jane

Trainer assessor

I have worked within early years for the last 20 years. This has included working in nurseries, pre-schools, schools and as a child-minder. I have been a trainer for the last five years and absolutely love working with apprentices to help them achieve their goals. I am currently studying a degree in childhood and youth studies.

Kavita

Trainer assessor

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Kavita

Trainer assessor

I started my career by chance when i got offered to work at a nursery, as support staff for holiday club and it changed my life. I worked my way through level 2, and 3 apprenticeship, and became a room leader, I was supporting apprentices at the nursery as their mentor and I had a great assessor myself who influenced me to want to become an assessor. I continued developing myself as a nursery practitioner for 10 years before I took the step to complete my assessors qualification. I have been assessing now for 6 years and I can’t think of anything better. I love going to visit settings and seeing my learners, from seeing them progress through their careers and develop to be fantastic practitioners. Being an assessor is so rewarding.

Kerry

Trainer assessor

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Kerry

Trainer assessor

I am a trainer assessor within Realise. I have 14 years of practical experience in early years, this has come from being a childminder in my own home, working within a nursery as a practitioner, offering 1:1 SEN support before progressing to a Nursery Manager, and then deciding to move to the education side of childcare. I hold a level 3 childcare qualification, Early Years Foundation Degree in Early Years and a BA Hons in Childhood Studies. I am very passionate about childcare and proud that I part of upskilling the sector

Kim

Trainer assessor

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Kim

Trainer assessor

I have worked in childcare for the last 15 years. Six years as a practitioner in nurseries and pre schools and four years as a deputy manager. I wanted to challenge myself and do something a little bit different but still in childcare and decided to train to be an assessor which I have been now for the last five years. I am passionate about early years and love seeing new practitioners blossom into educators and work their way up the career ladder in their settings.

Leah

Trainer assessor

Lindsey

Curriculum lead

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Lindsey

Trainer assessor

I am a passionate and motivated trainer who loves to help others become the best that they can be! I am a qualified teacher and have worked in all aspects of the childcare sector from being a nanny to nursery settings. I love developing curriculum and supporting learning as part of my job role!

Mandy

Trainer assessor

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Mandy

Trainer assessor

I am into my 13th year as a Trainer Assessor, i have experience of managing 2 private day nurseries and have a lot f passion for childcare. I want to be able to share that passion with apprentices and help to teach and guide them into being .competent practitioners. I am also a qualified Paediatric First Aid trainer and deliver this alongside the standard qualifications.

Nicola

Trainer assessor

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Nicola

Trainer assessor

I’m a qualified childcare trainer who has 10 years’ experience within the industry. I have a degree in childhood studies and I spent three years prior to that working in a nursery working my way up from nursery nurse to deputy manager before making the leap into education – where I’ve never looked back. I love supporting others to achieve their goals within childcare.

Nola

Trainer assessor

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Nola

Trainer assessor

I am a Childcare Trainer with over 22 years experience in Childcare. I have had varied roles and experience including; working in a school, private day nursery, special educational needs support and Children’s & Young People’s Services before becoming an Assessor. I have been assessing for 12 years, I specialise as a Safeguarding Deputy.

Rachel

Trainer assessor

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Rachel

Trainer assessor

I completed my BTEC National Diploma In Nursery Nursing in 1995 and over the next 10 years worked my way up in nurseries in Leicestershire to becoming a general manager for a small chain of 2 nurseries, 1 preschool and 3 after school provisions. I qualified as an assessor and level 4 manager in 2005 which is when I first became an assessor. I briefly returned to childcare management for a year after getting made redundant. I previously worked for Smart Training, TWL/Intraining and more recently Learndirect for 7 years as a trainer assessor and support champion where I supported new team members as well as managing a caseload of learners. I have now worked for Realise for just over 4 years and deliver childcare qualifications in the East Midlands and also paediatric first aid. I was also involved in the early stages of curriculum development for our early years educator level 3 standard and deliver 2 webinars. I have also recently joined the social values team.

Rebecca

Trainer assessor

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Rebecca

Trainee trainer assessor

I am a trainer assessor for the north west childcare team. I started out as a level 3 apprentice in a private day nursery in 2013 and gradually worked my way up to a senior practitioner. I went on to get my foundation degree in early years and then my BA Hons in childhood studies. Once I had received my degree I wanted to use it, along with my experience to help others begin their journey’s in the childcare sector.

Shelley

Trainer assessor

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Shelley

Trainer assessor

I am a qualified trainer assessor for childcare. My experience is within early years settings, where I was a nursery manager, room leader and deputy. My experience, gained in the last 25 years, has given me the passion and commitment to give something back and be that trainer for my specialist subjects.

I have come a long way in my current role, my confidence has grown with Realise, I am delivering many webinars across the early years educator and teaching assistant standards. I always look forward to seeing my learners going into gateway and achieving their apprenticeships which makes me feel like a very proud trainer when they do.

Stephanie

Trainer assessor

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Stephanie

Trainer assessor

I have been teaching and assessing for 12 years. Before this I worked as an early years practitioner and deputy manager in day nurseries with children under 5. I am very passionate about innovative ways of improving the childcare industry and ensuring children get the best start in life and encourage my learners to think about this whilst completing their qualifications

Eve

Trainer assessor

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Eve

Trainer assessor

Before working for Realise, I had been nursery based for over 7 years. I have worked in everything from large, 250 children, work-place nurseries, to small private nurseries with 6 babies to a room. Before this I worked as a youth and children’s worker in a community centre. I am a qualified early years teacher with a passion for infant mental health, gaining a MA from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Mental Health Trust.

Christopher

Business development executive

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Christopher

Sales executive

I have worked in the apprenticeship sector for many years now, it is such a dynamic and innovative area to be involved in. I have seen many changes over the years, but one thing remains constant, ensuring that learners and employers get the absolute maximum benefit from enrolling onto an apprenticeship qualification. For me, an apprenticeship is a launchpad to a new career, or perhaps future career development. It allows employers to nurture the talent that their business will need to meet the challenges ahead, equipped with the knowledge and talent to thrive in an ever-changing world.

FAQs

What is a level 2 early years practitioner?
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A level 2 practitioner will work within an early years setting, interact with children on a daily basis, support planning within the setting, liaise with adults and support the wellbeing and safety of the children.

What is the level 2 qualification in early years?
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The level 2 early years practitioner qualification is an apprenticeship programme which is ideal for those that require the core skills to work effectively within an early years setting.

How much do nursery practitioners get paid?
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The pay for nursery practitioners is set by the employer. The national minimum wage for apprentices is a hourly rate of £4.30. The wage will never be less than the minimum wage set by the government, however some employers will choose to pay more than this. For the latest updates on national minimum wage, visit the government website.

What jobs can you do with a level 2 early years qualification?
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There are loads of jobs out there that you could do with a level 2 early years qualification, such as nursery assistant, early years practitioner, nursery practitioner, or early years worker. You could work in a 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 provisions.

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