Early Years Practitioner

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The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. Upon successful completion of this qualification learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner, or if progression requirements are met continue to study for a Level 3 Diploma holding Early Years Educator status.


Behaviours are the mindset, attitudes and approaches required to learn new knowledge and apply new skills. There should be many opportunities in the workplace for you to develop the anticipated behaviours that are required as an Early Years Practitioner. Remember, you will be judged on your behaviours at end-point-assessment (EPA). Review the following behaviours and start to work on developing and showcasing these at every opportunity.

These are the behaviours expected of all Early Years Practitioners carrying out their role:

B1: Care and compassion – provide the very best childcare to every child every day combined with the ability to identify opportunities for development.

B2: Honesty, trust and integrity – develop trust by working in a confidential, ethical and empathetic manner with a common sense and professional attitude.

B3: Positive work ethic – maintains professional standards within the work environment providing a positive role model for children.

B4: Being team-focused – work effectively with colleagues and other professionals.

B5: Commitment – to improving the outcomes for children through inspiration and child centred care and education.

B6: Work in a non- discriminatory way – by being aware of differences and ensuring all children have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop and reach their potential. Work in ways which consider fundamental British values including democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

B7: Professional Practice – be a reflective practitioner with a commitment to continued professional development adhering to legislation, policy and procedure with a positive disposition to work.

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Stretch and Challenge – from Pass to Distinction

Keep reflecting on these questions throughout your apprenticeship journey. It is important to test your level of comptence in the following questions. Being able to confidently evidence each of these questions through discussions, Q&As and within your portfolio will enable you to achieve your apprenticeship at distinction level.

Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio

K4, S1, B1, B5. Is able to explain how they support the babies, young children and parents through a range of challenging transitions, e.g. the hild not coping with the transition.

S2. Is able to explain the benefits of recognising those key indicators early and the potential consequences of not doing so.

S4. Is able to describe when they have recognised an opportunity to reduce the risk of spreading infection in the setting, e.g. by educating others on good practice or making recommendations to their line manager.

S9, S12. Is able to explain how they adapt their communication methods or approach, as appropriate to the situation

S10, S11, S16. Is able to justify their choice of techniques or communication methods comparing with other techniques/methods

K22, K23, S13, S22, B4. Can outline how they take the lead to identify and plan enabling environments, activities, play opportunities and educational programmes, both indoors and outdoors to support the holistic development of children by using child initiated and adult led approaches to improve the outcomes for children.

K16, S15, S19, S20, B2, B3. Justifies their choice of methods used to observe, assess, plan and record.

K27, S21, B7. Describes when they have supported other colleagues by sharing best practices

Your Role & Safeguarding

Everyone who works with children needs to understand how to recognise the signs and symptoms that could indicate a child is being abused, but also how to respond and make child protection referrals.

The government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (2015) provides a national framework for all agencies working with children to join in partnership to safeguard our children effectively. In addition to the Keeping children safe in education 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk) Do not forget KCSiE 2022 will come into force on the 1st September 2022, how have you and your setting prepared for the changes?

All childcare providers need to consider this guidance and implement robust safeguarding policies and procedures for their setting, which outline how to respond to and record concerns about children and vulnerable adults.

For further support and guidance on your role in Safeguarding in the Early Years, visit Safeguarding in the early years | early years alliance (eyalliance.org.uk) and What are the safeguarding procedures in early years? | Online DBS Checks

Safeguarding Training Booking Form (Book within 6/8 weeks of start)

Sexual Consent Training Booking Form (Book within 10/12 weeks of start)

EPA Taught Session

Bookable Early Years Taught Sessions

Bookable Functional Skills Sessions

EYP2 Health and safety of babies and young children

EYP3 Equality, diversity and inclusive practice

EYP4 Safeguarding, protection and welfare

EYP5 How to support children’s development

EYP6 Care routines for babies and young children

EYP7 Purposeful play opportunities

EYP8 Promote play in an Early Years Setting

EYP9 Healthy lifestyles in babies and young children

EYP10 Supporting to be physically active

EYP11 Needs of babies and young children with SEND

EYP12 Positive behaviour in Early Years Settings

EYP13 Partnership working in the early years

EYP14 The needs of the child in preparing for school

End Point Assessment (EPA) Guidance & EPA Preparatory Assessment and Predicted Grades

Added Value, Stretch and Challenge and Professional Development