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NEW Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Standard

New Level 2 Early Years Practitioner

Introduction to ELA Adult Learning:

ELA delivers high quality apprenticeships and short courses. We have expertise across a range of education settings, such as early years, private and public schools, and special needs provisions. We aspire to support committed, passionate teachers, support staff, school leadership and administration to achieve their goals. Our team has a huge passion for learning that makes a difference, and not training for training’s sake.

New Level 2 Early Years Practitioner:
Relevant for aspiring early years practitioners who are looking for the first step into a career working with children aged 0-5 yrs.

Relevant settings include:

● Private and public settings
● Full day care
● Children’s centres
● Pre-schools
● Reception classes
● Playgroups
● Nursery schools

Through this Apprenticeship, the Early Years Practitioner can gain

The fully recognised Cache L2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (updated qualification, counting staff in ratio)
Flexible online learning sessions via easy-to-use video-conferencing software
The opportunity to work towards a level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English, if applicable
Recognition of possessing relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours
Face to face assessment and support in workplace

Benefits to the Setting will include


A fully qualified Level 2 Practitioner to be counted in ratio.

Practitioning Individual

A Practitioner who has knowledge of how to support the team

Practitioning Individual

A reflective Practitioner who can evaluate practice

Practical Experience

An Early Years Practitioner who has, showing the appropriate practice, assessed against nationally recognised standards 

First Aid

Will have a staff member who understands the importance of the Early Years Practitioner’s role

What Values Do We Add at ELA?

Passion for Well-being

Blended delivery models including workplace assessments, virtual coaching, and group workshops

A dedicated personal tutor to deliver training, and guide throughout their programme.

group workshops remote ELA
We are passionate about mental health and well-being in the workplace
Supporting learners’ individual pace and catering to their unique learning styles
Face to face interaction ELA
Collaborative line manager, mentor and employer engagement to enhance learner experience with regular surveys and reporting
Online short courses ELA
Continual review of our curriculum to deliver strong intent, implementation, and impact of learning

Delivery & Assessment

Typical Course Duration

18-21 months

Monthly Workshops

Monthly 1-1 or group workshop delivery, virtual or face to face, and online resources to support the teaching delivery.


E-portfolio access to track progress, upload work and communicate with your Tutor

Assignment and Discussion

Written assignments, observations, reflective accounts and professional discussions

Professional Portfolio

Portfolio of evidence to support a professional discussion and a multiple choice end assessment

Specialist Skills Tutor

Additional support from a specialist Functional Skills Tutor (where applicable)

Commitment Required from Learner and Employer

To meet deadlines agreed and set by the Tutor

Access to relevant activities in the workplace

Access to a work-based Mentor and shadowing opportunities

All to attend 8-10 weekly progress reviews with the Tutor

Access to 20% ‘Off the Job Training’ Time

Attendance at monthly 1-1 or group workshops

Time allowed for the Apprentice to complete assignments

Participate in skills-based learning and virtual workshop

Compilation of work-based portfolio of evidence


Work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers, or other professionals

Equality and Diversity

Continuing Professional Development

Support babies and children to be physically active

Roles and Responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner

Safeguarding- keeping children safe

Support the learning and development of children

Support the well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles

Promoting play in Early Years

Health and Safety, including good hygiene practice and babies’ and children’s physical care routines

Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings

Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

Working with and supporting children with special education needs

Contribute to the planning, observation and leading of activities to promote a learning environment