Early Years Practitioner

12 Months
Level 2
Course Overview:


An Early Years Practitioner (EYP) is responsible for supporting the learning, development, and care of children aged from birth to five in various settings, both indoors and outdoors. They work alongside Early Years Educators, teachers, or other qualified professionals, and collaborate with parents, colleagues, and other multi-agency professionals, such as health visitors and social workers. They ensure that each child feels safe and secure to meet the individual needs of each child.


Why choose an apprenticeship with ART Skills Centre?

ART Skills Centre is revolutionising the delivery of apprenticeships. Leveraging our extensive experience in providing quality blended learning to all our learners annually, using our unique blended delivery model that prioritises flexibility and efficiency for both apprentices and employers.

Our focus on high-quality learning resources and approach now extends to the apprenticeship sector, ensuring that more individuals receive personalised training and robust career guidance.

At the ART Skills Centre, we are committed to the personal and professional growth of our learners. Our individualised programme of learning is designed to help learners develop as individuals and employees, and to facilitate their progress at every stage of the learning journey.


Entry Requirements:

  • It is desirable that candidates would have achieved a level 2 in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their Apprenticeship training.
  • Those Apprentices who are yet to achieve a level 2 in English and Maths will have the opportunity to complete these qualifications during their Apprenticeship.
  • However, a level 2 must be achieved in these areas before they qualify for entry to their End Point Assessment (EPA).


Benefits for Your Employees:

  • Gain a nationally recognized and accredited qualification
  • Access high-quality learning and assessment materials for your employees
  • Receive bespoke support for high-quality “off the job” learning
  • Access support from a qualified assessor / tutor and a Learner Support Advisor (LSA) during scheduled check-ins throughout the apprenticeship


Benefits for Your Organization:

  • Improve staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a reputable training provider
  • See rapid improvements in employee performance, productivity, and behaviours that will benefit your organisation


The following is a list of summarised contents (but not limited to) that a EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER must know and understand upon completion of this programme:

  • Understanding child development, including cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and language development, as well as literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Promoting holistic development through speech, language, communication, social, emotional, and physical development, as well as literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Considering individual circumstances and well-being in supporting a child’s learning and development.
  • Recognizing the importance of attachment and the key person’s role, while understanding the impact of transitions and significant events on children.
  • Complying with legal requirements and guidance on safeguarding, security, confidentiality, and promoting children’s welfare.
  • Following safeguarding policies and procedures, including child protection and online safety.
  • Assuming personal responsibility for safeguarding and security, including child protection, reporting, and confidentiality.
  • Understanding legal requirements and guidance on health and safety, as well as security, risks, and hazards.
  • Knowing how to respond in the event of an emergency or medical situation, including administering medication and recognizing signs and symptoms of illness.
  • Recognizing the importance of reflective practice and continuing professional development, while working collaboratively with colleagues, parents/carers, and other professionals to support children’s learning and development.


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The following is a list of  summarised contents (but not limited to) that an EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER must be able to do upon completion of this programme:

Summary of skills required for an EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Supporting children through transitions, such as moving or the birth of a sibling.
  • Identifying and following procedures to protect children from abuse or harm.
  • Identifying and managing risks and hazards in the workplace and off-site visits.
  • Practising infection prevention and control measures, including hand washing, food preparation, and safe disposal of waste.
  • Safely using equipment, furniture, and materials according to manufacturers’ instructions and setting requirements.
  • Promoting personal safety and hygiene practices for children.
  • Encouraging healthy eating and physical activity for children to promote their overall health and wellbeing.
  • Providing respectful care routines, including feeding, nappy changing, and rest and sleep provision.
  • Communicating effectively with children using both verbal and non-verbal methods.
  • Planning and implementing activities to support children’s holistic development in areas such as language, maths, creativity, and social development.


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The following is a list of  summarised topics and sub-contents (but not limited to) on how a Early Years Practitioner must behave or demonstrate upon completion of this programme:

  • Care and compassion: Providing high-quality child care every day while identifying opportunities for development.
  • Honesty, trust, and integrity: Developing trust by working confidentially, ethically, and empathetically with a common-sense and professional attitude.
  • Positive work ethic: Maintaining professional standards in the work environment and setting a positive example for children.
  • Being team-focused: Working effectively with colleagues and other professionals.
  • Commitment: Improving outcomes for children through inspiration and child-centred care and education.
  • Work in a non-discriminatory way: Being aware of differences and ensuring that all children have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop, and reach their potential, while considering fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Professional practice: Being a reflective practitioner committed to continued professional development, adhering to legislation, policy, and procedure, and maintaining a positive disposition toward work.


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