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The Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5 Apprenticeship is made up of several components which develop the practitioner’s knowledge, skills and behaviour.  The purpose of  Level 5 is to develop proactive, influential and highly skilled practitioners who work directly with young children. They will be responsible for leading day to day practice, effectively role modelling play-based learning and supporting others to develop their practice. The programme is spread across 24 months and covers ten topics. Following enrolment and induction, the topics are grouped into three themes which complement each other. 

These are:  

  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing  
  • Children’s Learning 
  • Development and Positive Environments

This apprenticeship is perfect for:

  • Room Leaders
  • Deputy Managers 
  • Assistant Managers 
  • Senior Practitioners 

The Benefits:

This occupation 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 of the occupation is to be a proactive and influential practitioner, working directly with children, skilfully leading day to day practice at an operational level. As active practitioners they are effective role models of play-based learning, supporting others to develop their own practice. 

They are highly skilled professionals who take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care, adapting to individual needs by providing an inclusive and holistic provision. They engage with sector developments both locally and nationally, with a commitment to developing their own professional and educational competencies.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with children aged birth to eight years, families, practitioners, other professionals and appropriate agencies.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for supporting the quality of learning and development in their setting. They lead on the operational aspects of this provision and are typically responsible for leading other practitioners, an aspect or environment such as; Communication and Language, Planning and Assessment, Forest School, Physical Activity and Nutrition. They usually report directly to the head of the setting (The Manager, The Leader, The Director). 


How to Apply:

If you are an employer

If you’re an employer, you can start apprenticeships at any time of the year, provided your staff meet the entry requirements.  

  • If your annual bill is over £3 million, you can begin set up through the Apprenticeship Service. 
  • If your annual pay bill is under £3 million, you can set up payment below. 


If you are seeking an apprenticeship and employment

If you’re seeking an apprenticeship and employment, you can search our apprenticeship vacancies. For any enquiries, you can contact us on 020 8891 0992, alternatively, please contact us via the Contact Us  button below.

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