Level 2 Apprenticeship



17 months plus End Point Assessment


Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:

• NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

• Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standards

• Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 1 (if applicable)

Details of the apprenticeship standard:

This occupation is found in a range of private and public settings including; 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 provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to work and interact directly with children on a day to day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. An EYP works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional the Early Years Workforce.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. Individuals will undergo all checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children. Due to the nature and level of responsibility it is not anticipated that the role would have any budgetary or leadership responsibilities.

They will be responsible for supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children’s learning through planned, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes and working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure. An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences and assist with the care needs of the individual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under direction of a more senior member of the team.

They will also work in partnerships with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals, with support from a more senior member of the team, to meet the individual needs of each child. They will also have a responsibility for ensuring that they recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm or abuse and contributing to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises.

What is covered in the course?

The apprentice will be expected to complete 14 mandatory diploma units as listed below.

  1. Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  2. Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
  3. Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings
  4. Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings
  5. Understand how to support children’s development
  6. Support care routines for babies and young children
  7. Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
  8. Promote play in an Early Years Setting
  9. Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
  10. Support babies and young children to be physically active
  11. Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
  12. Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings
  13. Partnership working in the early years
  14. Support the needs of the child in preparing for school


Job titles might include:

Assistant childminder, early years practitioner, nanny, early years worker, nursery assistant, nursery nurse and nursery practitioner.

Entry requirements:

The apprentice must be aged 16 years or over, living in England and not in a full-time education.  The apprentice will be required to undertake a DBS check, must be employed and working more than 16 hours per week. 

Off-The-Job Training:

It is compulsory for the apprentice to spent 20% of their normal working hours on training. The training can happen every week, every month or in a separate block of time. The training can take place at the workplace, training provider or online.

Government guidance: How employers and training providers should meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices, with some best practice examples. Click HERE.


Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy:  For apprenticeships that start from 1 April 2021, the rate of co-investment is 5% of the total price of the apprentice’s training, with the government covering the remaining 95% of the cost, up to the funding band maximum.

Employers with fewer than 50 people working for them are able to train, at no cost, apprentices aged 16-18 or aged 19-24 who have previously been in care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan. These employers are not required to contribute the 5% co-investment; instead, the government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals up to the
funding band maximum.

Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy: All funds that appear in the apprenticeship service accounts of employers who pay the levy expire 24 months after they appear in the account, if not already spent. Please contact us to discuss your apprenticeship strategies.

Policy paper for Apprenticeship funding can be found here.

How to apply?

You can apply for this apprenticeship at any time of the year provided you meet the entry requirements.