Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5

Duration: 24 months (plus EPA)

The Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5 apprenticeship is ideal for practitioners who aspire to be a leader within their early years setting.

An apprentice 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).

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

The typical duration of this course is 24 months not including End Point Assessment (EPA).

Qualifications or industry accreditation gained

•    Undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.
•    Apprentices must successfully complete a Department for Education Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5 qualification.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The EPA consists of three parts:

  • Observation of Practice
  • A Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • Case Study with Report, Presentation and Questions. Apprentices are graded: Pass or Distinction.

Off-the-job training

Off-the-Job training (OJT) is a requirement for all apprenticeship standards at all levels. Apprentices must spend 20% of their contracted working hours undertaking Off-the-Job training.

Off-the-Job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard and teaching them the new knowledge, skills and behaviours required for their role.

Skills & Knowledge

This qualification will provide the learner with understanding in multiple areas of childcare including:

  • Leadership and management
  • Child development and theory
  • Pedagogy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Equality, diversity, inclusion and SEN
  • Safeguarding
  • Partnership working
Career Progression

On successful completion, apprentices will be qualified for the following roles: Room Leader, Deputy Manager, Assistant Manager, Senior Practitioner, Early Years Coordinator, Health Play Specialist, Lead Baby Room Practitioner, Pre-School Leader and Senior Key Worker.

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Criteria for Level 3 Early Years qualifications for Early Years Educator
Additional Information
How is this Apprenticeship delivered?
Entry Requirements

It is expected that individuals will already have acheived a level 3 qualification in Early Years.

  • Apprentices must be in a role that comes with leadership responsibilities.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. Busy Bees Education and Training will support learners to achieve the functional skills qualifications needed for this apprenticeship.
  • To be able to gain a satisfactory Data Barring Service (DBS)

Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5