Apprenticeship Standards Early Years Practitioner (L2)

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About this role

An Early Years Practitioner (EYP) works and interacts directly with children on a day to day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. An EYP works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional in the Early Years Workforce.

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In their daily work, an EYP also interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists.

As an Early Years Practitioner, you will responsible for:

  • Supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child.
  • Supporting children’s learning through planned, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes and working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure.
  • Supporting the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences and assist with the care needs of the individual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under direction of a more senior member of the team.
  • Working in partnerships with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals, with support from a more senior member of the team, to meet the individual needs of each child.
  • Ensuring that they recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm or abuse and contributing to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises.



We provide a clear learning programme to take apprentices from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

You can use our on-programme offer, regardless of whether you are using Pearson as your end-point assessment provider.


In order to meet the apprenticeship standard apprentices must achieve:

Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners

Level 2 Technicals Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Practitioner)

Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3.

A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

As both a vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.


English and maths resources
We have a wide range of resources and useful tools to complement your programme, including assessment tools, podcasts and training events.

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End-point assessment

End-point assessment

As an ESFA-approved Assessment Organisation, we provide a full range of assessment services, resources and support from our experienced EPA team to equip you and your learners with the diverse requirements of the apprenticeship standards.

You can use Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation, regardless of whether you choose to use our on-programme offer or not.


The apprentice will undertake the two end-point assessments:

  • A Knowledge Test
  • Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio

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A Knowledge Test

The Knowledge Test is an onscreen test that will assess the apprentice’s knowledge and understanding across all areas of the Apprenticeship Standard, in line with the

Assessment Plan requirements. A knowledge test is a controlled assessment which consists of a series of questions in which apprentices are asked to provide a response. It is an accurate and reliable way of assessing those knowledge elements which have a clear correct/incorrect response.

The Test consists of 40 closed response questions and the apprentices will have a maximum of 60 minute to complete the test.


The apprentice must answer correctly a minimum of 26 questions for a pass. Of the 26 questions answered correctly, these must include a 3 of 5 questions relating to K5, and 3 of 5 questions relating to K8.

Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio 

A professional discussion is a two-way discussion which involves both the independent assessor and the apprentice actively listening and participating in a formal conversation.

It gives the apprentice the opportunity to make detailed and proactive contributions to confirm their competency across the KSBs mapped to this method. As the apprentice will have successfully completed a number of direct observations of practice during the Early Years Practitioner Qualification, questioning will focus on the apprentice’s depth and breadth of understanding, skills and behaviours with the apprentice using their portfolio of evidence (including videoed evidence) to support their responses as necessary..

The Professional discussion will last for a maximum of 90 minutes

Grading Fail/Pass/Distinction


Our range of EPA resources such as EPA specification, additional resources document and practice knowledge test are designed to enhance learners’ knowledge and/or hone essential skills required.

They are available to our customers who have signed up to Pearson EPA and include information on:

  • Structure
  • Grading
  • Gateway requirements
  • Assessment content
  • Evidence requirement for each component

We have designed a step-by-step guide, with signposts to our key supporting information, resources and services available at every stage of the process.

End-point assessment - Childcare and Education

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Digital credentials

Apprentices who achieve their End-point Assessment for this standard will be invited to claim their Credly digital badge.

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