Our Apprenticeships

Learn more about our Apprenticeship offer. For more information, please contact our Apprenticeships team on 0800 542 1655 or via email at adedapps@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner

The Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship is designed to provide the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours for Early Years Practitioners and other job roles such as nursery practitioners and assistant childminders, who play a role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They will be working with others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.


This Apprenticeship is typically 12 -15 months long, with an additional three months for End Point Assessment.

20% of the Apprentice’s time should be spent in paid off the job learning, so an employer will need to ensure that time is allocated for learning.

Adult Education provides workshops that support the apprentice in gaining the knowledge required to achieve their programme. We also offer clinics where learners can attend for advice and support if they are struggling with their assignments or projects.

Every twelve weeks a formal review will take place between the learner, employer and assessor where progress/concerns to date and targets for the next twelve weeks are discussed and agreed.

Dedicated trainers and assessors will support the delivery from providing training in our specially written workshops to monthly assessment visits to aid and support progression, generation of evidence, guidance and support.


Whilst the eligibility is agreed with the employer, we would recommend that apprentices are able to work towards GCSE grade 4-9 (A- C) in Maths and English.

What the Apprenticeship looks like

The Apprenticeship consists of:

  • Functional Skills in Maths and English at Level 2
  • Apprentices must successfully complete a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification
  • Early Years Practitioner standard – which looks at the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required.

Added Value

Adult Education is pleased to be able to offer the Level 2 Diploma Early Years Practitioner qualification at no extra cost to support the learner and employer with gaining the required skills. 

Adult Education will also work with both the employer and the learner to identify a personalised training programme.

We also offer a licence for our CPD Courses. Please see our CPD page for more information.

Gateway and End Point Assessment

The employer will need to choose an independent End Point Assessment Organisation, who will complete the Apprenticeship process.

The End Point Assessment has a number of requirements:

  • Knowledge test – multiple-choice Knowledge Test
  • Portfolio Based discussion – a structured professional discussion around the showcase portfolio

The End Point Assessor will then award a Pass or Distinction grade.

Contact: tracy.kelly@gloucestershire.gov.uk or call 01452 583000 for more information.

Page updated: 22/09/2022 Page updated by: Adult Education in Gloucestershire

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