Course overview

Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

A Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship in Bristol lasting 18 months to 2 years.

You will learn the knowledge, skills and behaviour required for an Early Years Practitioner though blended learning, consisting of work-based delivery and workshops with your college assessor.

You need to find your own employer as part of your application for an apprenticeship; you can search apprenticeship vacancies on

Health and Social Care students aged 18 and over who wish to undertake a placement in any CQC registered setting are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

If you’re a school leaver or an adult who has an interest in childcare and a desire to become a qualified practitioner in an Early Years setting, this course is an ideal stepping stone towards achieving your ambition.

What you'll learn

During the course you will be introduced to important subjects connected to childcare such as:

  • Safeguarding and the Welfare of Children
  • Health and Safety
  • Partnership Working
  • Equalities and Inclusion.

You will also learn about Child Development and how to support children’s development.

You will gain the knowledge and skills required to maintain and support relationships with children and to communicate with others.

In addition to this you will learn how to contribute to a positive environment for children, how to support children’s positive behaviour and the importance of professional development.

Course entry requirements

You need to be working in a childcare setting.

GCSE Grade 4 (C) or above in Maths and English is desirable. However, initial assessments on Maths and English will be carried out.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assigned a work-based assessor who will visit you regularly in the work place to provide support and guidance.

You will learn through a mainly work-based route. Your Diploma will be delivered within your workplace where you may attend workshops with your college assessor.

It is a requirement that you must receive 20% off-the-job training, which can consist of shadowing, college workshops and work-based training.

You will be observed and assessed by your assessor in the workplace engaging in practical activities with the children and routine activities that form part of your role within the setting.

You will provide evidence of knowledge and understanding through written assignments or professional discussion, with your assessor.

You will use an e-learning portfolio to present your evidence for assessment.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will complete an endpoint assessment which consists of a knowledge examination (multiple-choice test) and a professional discussion with an external assessor to gain your apprenticeship certificate

You can see the full assessment plan here.

Future career and study opportunities

Many apprentices are retained and developed by their employers with the option to complete a Level 3.

This course will equip you with childcare knowledge and skills that you can apply in your workplace.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College apprentice, you may incur additional costs on your apprenticeship. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery, and for some apprenticeships you may need to purchase specialist equipment.

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