L5 Early Years Lead Practitioner-Puffins Training Ltd

Puffins Training Ltd

L5 Early Years Lead Practitioner

Level 5 Apprenticeship for the Early Years Lead Practitioner
What is an Early Years Lead Practitioner?

An Early Years Lead Practitioner is a proactive and influential practitioner, working directly with children, skilfully 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 own practice. They are highly skilled professionals who take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care, adapting to individual needs and providing inclusive and holistic provision. They engage with sector developments both locally and nationally, with a commitment to developing their own professional and educational competencies.

This apprenticeship counts as a full and relevant Early Years qualification.

Who is it suitable for?

This apprenticeship leads to Early Years Lead Practitioner status. It is suitable for staff who have achieved their Level 3 Early Years qualification and want to develop their practice to provide the very best care for children and to become exemplary role models for other staff. It is suitable for those who are, or who aspire to be, Managers, Room Leaders, Deputy Managers, Assistant Managers or Senior Early Years Educators.

It is also suitable for new entrants to Early Years who have suitable relevant experience of working with children and who have unrelated qualifications at Level 3.

What does the training involve?

Your training will help you to develop the occupational standardís knowledge, skills and behaviours through blended learning which will involve:

Training sessions at our training centre;
Coaching and training in your nursery;
Remote sessions held online;
Assignments and tasks which you carry out in your nursery;
Observation, assessment and feedback from your assessor(s);
Compiling a portfolio of evidence to show that you are working at, or above, the occupational standard.

Length of course: 2 years


Achievement is dependent on an end point assessment that is carried out by an external assessor. The assessment includes:
  1. Observation of your practice, with questions
  2. Professional discussion, underpinned by your portfolio of evidence
  3. Case study, with report, presentation and questions.

You will be fully supported in your preparation for this end point assessment.

You can also complete a Level 2 Safeguarding qualification.

Entry requirements:

Maths and English at level 2 or equivalent.
Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification or equivalent.

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