Level 2 Early Years Practitioner


The Early Years Practitioner (EYP) works and interacts directly with children on a day-to-day basis, supporting the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities, and educational programs within the ethos of the setting. An EYP works as part of a professional team, ensuring the welfare and care of the children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher, or other suitably qualified professionals in the early years’ workforce.
They’ll be responsible for supporting child-initiated and adult-led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children’s learning, and working as part of a team to make sure each child feels safe and secure. An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child, and contribute to their learning experiences whilst assisting with the care needs of the individual child.

The apprenticeship standard is made up of:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner Qualification
  • A Portfolio of Evidence covering the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of the Early Years Standards
  • English and maths at Level 1
  • Attempts at Level 2 English and maths by sitting Functional Skills test
  • Paediatric First Aid

12 – 18 Months

No formal entry requirements but learners do need to be employed in an appropriate setting to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Apprentices will have a varied blended teaching and learning approach, alongside an E-Portfolio to record their achievements within the following:
• EYP 1 Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
• EYP 2 Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
• EYP 3 Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings e
• EYP 4 Safeguarding, protection, and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings
• EYP 5 Understand how to support children’s development
• EYP 6 Support care routines for babies and young children
• EYP 7 Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities, and educational programs
• EYP 8 Promote play in an Early Years Setting
• EYP 9 Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
• EYP 10 Support babies and young children to be physically active
• EYP 11 Support the needs of babies and young children with Special

Educational Needs and Disability EYP 12 Promote positive behavior in Early Years Settings
• EYP 13 Partnership working in the early years
• EYP 14 Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Knowledge-based outcomes can be assessed using non–mandatory assessment tasks provided for tutors’ convenience in the qualification specification. Skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.

Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours (KSB’S) competency is assessed through End Point Assessment (EPA) which consists of a Portfolio of Evidence, Questions & Professional Discussion and be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Levy employers – paid from digital account
Non-levy employers – 95% funding, 5% contribution required

This apprenticeship allows progression on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other relevant Level 3 qualifications and apprenticeship standards relating to early years and childcare.