NEW Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Standard

New Level 2 Early Years Educator

About the course:

Relevant for aspiring Early Years practitioners, who are looking for the first step into a career working with children aged 0-5 yrs. Relevant settings include:

Relevant settings include:

● Private and public settings
● Full day care
● Children’s centres
● Pre-schools
● Reception classes
● Playgroups
● Nursery schools

early year educator new level 2

Through this Apprenticeship, the Early Years Educator can gain

The new Cache L2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner is an updated qualification, and will count staff in ratio as an L2 Practitioner.
The opportunity to develop and work towards a level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English, if this or the equivalent has not been achieved.
Recognition of possessing the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set in the Apprenticeship Standard for the L2 Early Years Practitioner.

Benefits to the Setting will include


A fully qualified Level 2 Practitioner to be counted in ratio.

Practitioning Individual

A Practitioner who has knowledge of how to support the team

Practitioning Individual

A reflective Practitioner who can evaluate practice

Practical Experience

An Early Years Practitioner who has, showing the appropriate practice, assessed against nationally recognised standards 

First Aid

Will have a staff member who understands the importance of the Early Years Practitioner’s role

What value do we add at ELA?

personal tutor ELA

Personal Tutor to deliver and guide throughout the programme

group workshops remote ELA
Additional opportunities to engage in remote group workshops with other practitioners
Face to face interaction ELA
Face to face delivery in settings, as well as flexible online sessions via easy-to-use video-conferencing software
Online short courses ELA
Access to value-added, online short courses, such as ‘Safeguarding L3’, ‘Prevent’ and ‘Managing Positive Behaviour’

Delivery & Assessment

Typical Course Duration

Typical Duration 18-21 months

Monthly Workshops

Monthly 1-1 or group workshop delivery (virtual or face-to-face), and online resources to support further learning


E-portfolio access to track progress, upload work and communicate with your Tutor

Assignment and Discussion

Written assignments, observations, reflective accounts and professional discussions

Professional Portfolio

Portfolio of evidence to support a professional discussion and a multiple choice end assessment

Specialist Skills Tutor

Additional support from a specialist Functional Skills Tutor (where applicable)


Work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers, or other professionals

Equality and Diversity

Continuing Professional Development

Support babies and children to be physically active

Roles and Responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner

Safeguarding- keeping children safe

Support the learning and development of children

Support the well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles

Promoting play in Early Years

Health and Safety, including good hygiene practice and babies’ and children’s physical care routines

Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings

Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

Working with and supporting children with special education needs

Contribute to the planning, observation and leading of activities to promote a learning environment