Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprenticeship

The Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner apprenticeship is ideal for proactive, influential practitioners, working directly with children. These highly skilled professionals take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care and lead and support the practice of others. It is an excellent progression route for practitioners who hold a level 2 or level 3 qualification in Early Years; this course will progress and enhance their practice and knowledge.

A Lead Practitioner can adapt to individual needs ensuring inclusive and holistic provision. The main aim of the role is to be a proactive and influential practitioner, working directly with children, skilfully leading day-to-day practice at an operational level.

This Level 5 Apprenticeship is suitable for someone already working in an early years childcare or education setting and who is looking to lead, or someone already leading on the operational aspects of this provision.

Course duration – 18 – 23 months

Course overview

Level 5 apprentices are typically responsible for leading other practitioners. As active practitioners they are effective role models of play-based learning, supporting others to develop their own practice and will be responsible for the quality of learning and development across their setting. Early Years Lead Practitioners work with and care for children from birth to 8 years. They play a massive role in supporting children to have the best start to their education. Research shows disadvantaged children are four months behind at age 5, 10 months behind by the age of 11, and 19 months behind when they reach 16. Early Years Lead Practitioners will personally help to close the gap and increase the life chances of the children they work with.

Learners must be aged 16+, not currently undertaking another funded programme of learning, employed a minimum of 16 hours per week, currently a resident in England, a resident in the UK for the last 3 years (unless exempt) and must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Apprentices will be required to have Level 2 English and Maths, either Functional Skills or equivalent before completing their End Point Assessment (EPA).

On completion of this apprenticeship learners will be expected to work within a senior role at a childcare setting. Learners may progress onto a suitable degree programme.

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