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Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship

The level 2 Early Years Apprenticeship is open to anyone employed in an early years setting as an apprentice. 

Apprenticeship Components

  • Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner – Portfolio of Evidence, Workbooks, Observations in the Workplace and four invigilated exams.
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths – Invigilated exam for Mathematics
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English – Two invigilated exams, discussion and presentation 
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths will need to be attempted.
  • 20% off the job training – Variety of Evidence
  • End Point Assessment –  Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio and a Knowledge Test.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Apprentices are required to work towards the KSB’s throughout their Apprenticeship qualification, they must undertake learning, complete work, and demonstrate competency in the KSB’s. ​

Detailed on the link below are the KSB’s required to achieve the apprenticeship. Evidence of the apprentice’s progress towards obtaining these will be gathered throughout the qualification.​

The units for the Diploma are embedded within the KSB’s and the KSB progress consists of some work towards these units, plus additional work, teaching, revision and 20%. ​

What is the End Point Assessment?

The EPA consists of 2 assessments methods.​

  1. Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio – The professional discussion must last for 90 minutes with a minimum of 10 questions asked. Follow up questions may be asked to assess the apprentice’ depth of understanding, skills and behaviours and authenticate their portfolio of evidence. ​
  2. Knowledge Test – The multiple-choice questions will have four options of which one will be correct. Apprentices will have 60 minutes to complete the test. The test consists of 40 questions. A minimum of 26 questions need to be answered correctly for a pass. Of the 26 questions answered correctly, these must include 3 of 5 questions relating to K5 and 3 of 5 questions relating to K8. 

What is Off the Job Training?

While on programme as an Apprentice all learners must spend a minimum of 20% of their apprenticeship conducting ‘off the job training’ towards their qualification. This could include; lectures, role-playing, simulation exercises, online learning, manufacturer training, practical training such as; mentoring, shadowing, industry visits and attendance at shows/conferences/competitions. This could also include time spent writing assignments/assessments.

This does not include; English, Maths, progress reviews, on programme assessment, or training which takes place outside the apprentice’s paid working hours.

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