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Early Years Lead Practitioner - Level 5


Program Details

The aim of this apprenticeship is to equip practitioners who directly engage with children with the skills needed to effectively lead and enhance day-to-day practices within their setting.

These individuals typically assume the responsibility of guiding and supervising fellow Practitioners. As engaged practitioners themselves, they serve as role models for play-based learning, helping others enhance their teaching methods and taking on the duty of ensuring the overall quality of learning and development within their educational setting.

Is this right for me?

The EYLP Level 5 apprenticeship is a perfect choice for individuals aspiring to expand their career opportunities within the realm of Early Years, including roles such as Early Years Senior Practitioner, Room Leader, Deputy Manager, or Supervisor.

Entry Requirements

All Apprentices must hold and show evidence of GCSEs (or Equiv) in English and Maths at Grade C (4) or above, or the ability to achieve Level 2 English and Maths during the programme; hold a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification or equivalent qualifications/experience; be a continuous resident of the UK for the past three years; have an active engagement in daily interactions with children within the birth to 5 age range, following the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Training Delivery

The delivery of this apprenticeship program includes self-directed online learning modules via our bespoke learning platform OLLIE. This will be supported with monthly tutor-led sessions over zoom and 1-2-1s with the Early Years Tutor. Every quarter, a review will be conducted with the learner, tutor and employer.

Course Content

This apprenticeship is designed to develop the your knowledge, skills and behaviours (K.S.B) in order to successfully complete an EPA (End Point Assessment).

Here you will see a breakdown of the Units which cover the K.S.B the learner will be exposed to in this apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Details

The course content includes a range of topics which make up the variety of knowledge, skills and behaviours of what makes for a highly competent and professional Early Years Lead Practitioner. By acquiring these elements you will graduate the apprenticeship a fully competent and well trained Practitioner.

The training delivery will cover the following topics:

  • Effective implementation of Safeguarding and Health and Safety Legislation and Guidance
  • Effective promotion of Development, Health and Wellbeing
  • Effective promotion of Literacy and Numeracy
  • Continual Professional Development
  • The Unique Child
  • Equality, Diversity and inclusion encompassing the Rights of the Child
  • Theoretical Approaches to Language development
  • Leadership Styles
  • Pedological Approaches
  • Theory on the impact Social, cultural and family situations can have on life chances
  • Case studies

Why learn with us?

Once accepted on your chosen course, we will share your details with various employers who are seeking apprentice candidates within the local area. We have excellent connections with local employers and will help you find the best job for you!

System People were also voted “Best Training Provider” as voted by the Golden Apple Awards 2019 for our dedication to our students, selection, training, and assessment of learners. You will be assigned a fantastic well experienced and approachable Tutor who will support you for the duration.

In 2021, we received our first – positive – Ofsted inspection report, which was a huge achievement given the strains of remote working and the pandemic.

Learner Journey

The Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprenticeship typically takes between 18 to 24 months to complete. You will be provided with a clear scheme of work which will set out the scheduled classroom and online sessions, 1-2-1 reviews, Tutor observations and mock End Point Assessments.


When you are ready for Gateway, you must have proof that you hold at least a Level 1 in English & maths and have attempted Level 2. If you have been engaged in Functional Skills training, this must have been completed and you must have achieved the correct grade before EPA can take place.

End Point Assessment

The final milestone of the learning journey comprises a multifaceted End Point Assessment, encompassing three distinct parts:

  1. Observation with Questions: A demonstration of skills in the workplace, guided by an independent assessor’s observation and insightful questioning.
  2. Professional Discussion with Portfolio: A structured conversation with an assessor that brings out competence, supported by a portfolio that underscores learner accomplishments.
  3. Case Study with Report and Presentation: A real-life workplace scenario that challenges learners to delve into in-depth analysis, leading to a comprehensive case study report and a corresponding presentation.


Register with us today to start your Apprenticeship!

If you would like more information, please email applications@system-people.co.uk or call 01228 210 018