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Early Years Senior Practitioner Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard



This Early Years Senior Practitioner apprenticeship standard is for individuals working in a senior practitioner role in the early years sector. It is designed for individuals who have a level 3 qualification in child care and education and have a minimum of two years’ experience in the sector.

The apprenticeship will provide individuals with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work as a senior practitioner in the early years sector.


What’s involved?

This apprenticeship standard is a great opportunity for individuals looking to advance their career and take on more responsibilities within their workplace.

The apprenticeship will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Understanding the legal and regulatory framework for the early years sector
  • Leading and managing teams in the early years setting
  • Supporting the development, learning, and care of children
  • Understanding the principles of safe and healthy environments for children
  • Understanding and applying the principles of assessment for learning in the early years
  • Understanding the importance of play in children’s development and learning

By completing the apprenticeship, individuals will have a broad understanding of the early years sector and will be able to make a valuable contribution to their workplace.


How to enrol

  1. Finding an employer: The first step in enrolling on the Early Years Senior Practitioner Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard is to find an employer who is willing to support you through the apprenticeship. This employer can be your current employer or a new employer that you are looking to work with.
  2. Contacting us: Once you have found an employer, the next step is to contact us to begin the enrolment process, this will involve a conversation with your employer, your trainer and our enrolment team to ensure the course is right for you.
  3. Completing the enrolment forms: This involves filling out an application form and providing proof of your qualifications and work experience.
  4. Starting the apprenticeship: Once you have completed your enrolment forms, you can begin the apprenticeship. This will involve working with your employer and attending training sessions either in-person or virtually. Your employer will also assign a mentor to work with you, who will guide you through the apprenticeship and help you to apply what you have learned in the workplace.

Whenever I need support, I knew I could rely on Sharon to help me. As well as recommend things she has helped me answer any questions I was struggling with.

Sophie, Early Years Apprentice