The Early Years Lead Practitioner role is found in a range of settings which can include day nurseries, playgroups, nursery schools, pre-schools, kindergartens, primary schools, hospitals, social care settings, out of school environments and local authority provision. The broad purpose the apprenticeship is to support practitioners to be increasingly proactive and influential, working directly with children, skilfully leading day to day practice at an operational level.
This apprenticeship programme supports practitioners to become highly skilled professionals with an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care, adapting to individual needs providing inclusive and holistic provision. As an Early Years Lead Practitioner apprentice, you will build on your daily work, interacting with children aged birth to eight years, families, practitioners, other professionals, and appropriate agencies. As an apprentice you will be responsible for supporting the quality of learning and development in your setting.
Apprentices will lead on the operational aspects of this provision and be responsible for leading other practitioners, in an aspect or environment such as; Communication and Language, Planning and Assessment, Forest School, Physical Activity and Nutrition.
Typical duration 24 months
Early Years Lead Practitioners will be advocates for babies, toddlers and young children and champion their rights. A central aspect of the programme is that students will gain the opportunity to examine various ways in which children play, childhood may be understood and conceptualised through an understanding of the philosophies, beliefs, and attitudes that champion children’s rights. They will also consider the challenges and intricacies of multi-agency and multi-professional practices and reflect on this within their own professional context.
2-year apprenticeship delivered through blended learning, 4 hours contact per week alongside extensive work based experience and on the job training.
Observation and Assessment
Planning Effective learning Environments
Assessment method 1: Observation with questions
Assessment method 2: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
Assessment method 3: Case study with report and presentation and questioning
Applicants would require experience of working within the Children’s Workforce, for example, leading an aspect of practice in a registered early year setting.
Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result
A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required
English & Maths
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.
For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3.
A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL
This course enables you to build on your experience as an early year’s lead practitioner. Progression opportunities include Nursery Manager, Leader, Director Owner.
Successful completion of the apprenticeship programme will enable students to apply for progression onto academic programmes, such as the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up), using evidence of their studies and extensive experience.
This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:
Criteria for Level 3 Early Years qualifications for Early Years Educator
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
The maximum apprenticeship funding can be found with further details of the Standard at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/early-years-lead-practitioner-v1-0
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities
You may be required to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.