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Level 5 Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

Course Overview


This occupation is found in various settings, including day nurseries, playgroups, nursery schools, pre-schools, kindergartens, primary schools, hospitals, social care settings, out-of-school environments, and local authority provision. The general purpose of the occupation is to be a proactive and influential practitioner, working directly with children and skillfully leading day-to-day practice at an operational level. As active practitioners, they are effective role models of play-based learning, supporting others to develop their practice.

An employee 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 of 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).

Why choose an apprenticeship with The Skills Network?

The Skills Network are revolutionising the way Apprenticeships are delivered. Through our vast and excellent experience in providing distance learning to over 30,000 learners a year, we are ready with a unique delivery model for Apprenticeships, bringing greater flexibility and efficiencies to the Apprentice and the employer.

We are applying our high-quality approach and excellent learning resources to the Apprenticeship sector to help more people receive the personalised learning and training they need, including robust IAG and career guidance.

At The Skills Network, we facilitate the next stage of the learner journey by delivering a truly individualised programme of learning that helps the learner develop as a person and an employee

Entry Requirements

  • It is desirable that candidates would have achieved a level 2 in maths and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) before commencing their apprenticeship training
  • Must undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result
  • It is essential that you have access to a lead practitioner role within an early years setting
  • Must be aged 21 years and over

Key Information

Course Length
24 to 24 Months

Course Level
Level 5

Learning Method
Workplace (direct delivery)

For Individuals


  • Apprentices will gain a nationally recognised and accredited qualification
  • Improve staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a nationally recognised training provider
  • Employees get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Bespoke support to ensure Apprentices access high quality ‘off the job’ learning
  • See rapid improvements in employees' performance, productivity and behaviours that will benefit your organisation
  • Employees have access to unlimited support from a qualified trainer and a Learner Support Advisor (LSA) throughout their apprenticeship

Cost and Funding Information

Study this course

During the Apprenticeship, apprentices will develop a range of new knowledge, skills, and behaviours that will add significant value to each Apprentice’s overall learning, progress, and development. Examples include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Child development and theory
  • Pedagogy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Equality, diversity, inclusion and SEN
  • Safeguarding
  • Partnership working
  • Effective promotion of development, health and wellbeing
  • Administration
  • Implementation of legislation and guidance

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With our combination of market-leading learning resources, exceptional customer service and award-winning LMS solutions, we are confident we can assist with your education and training delivery needs.

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For Apprenticeships

Our Apprenticeship programmes focus on improving business productivity and staff retention, while creating an efficient and skilled workforce. We can supply learning materials to support with the delivery of Apprenticeship standards.

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