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Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5

Who is the Apprenticeship for?

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with children aged birth to eight years, families, practitioners, other professionals and appropriate agencies. 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 or 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)

What is involved?

Standards which consist of 16 Occupational Duties, Knowledge which is made up of 21 sets of criteria, Skills 26 sets of criteria and Behaviours of which there are 9.

You must undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process.

Functional Skills in both English and maths at level 2

Compiling a portfolio of evidence

End Point Assessment made up of three assessment methods, Observation with Questions, Professional Discussion underpinned by the portfolio of evidence and a Case Study with a report and presentation and questioning.

Professional Recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition; Criteria for Level 3 Early Years Qualifications for Early years Educators.


End Point Assessment – how will assessment be undertaken?

Observation with questions

An observation with questions involves an independent assessor observing and questioning an Apprentice undertaking work, as part of their normal duties, in the workplace. This allows for a demonstration of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours through naturally occurring evidence. The observation must be of an Apprentice completing their usual work and simulation is not permitted. The Apprentice must prepare a session plan, including relevant risk assessments prior to the observation. Total time for this assessment is 90 minutes and includes: Observation of the opportunities and experiences outlined in the session plan (60 minutes) and questioning to allow the EPAO assessor to understand the reasons behind the Apprentice's actions and draw out further detailed regarding the knowledge, skills and behaviours (30 minutes)

Professional Discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence

This assessment will take the form of a professional discussion which must be appropriately structured to draw out the best of the Apprentice’s competence and excellence and cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours assigned to this assessment method. 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. The Apprentice leads the discussion. It gives the Apprentice the opportunity to make detailed and proactive contributions to confirm their competency across the KSBs. The discussion must last 60 minutes with a 10% discretion to increase time.

Case Study with report and presentation and questioning.

The assessment method is the completion of a case study, and the outcome will be a case study report and presentation. The case study report will be based on a case study that the Apprentice has done with an individual child or group of children. The case study report should include an analysis of observations the apprentice has made. The presentation will complement the report by allowing the Apprentice the opportunity to provide more information about the report and to answer questions on it. A case study must be based on a real-life workplace situation which involves the Apprentice completing a relevant and defined piece of work. The work must have a real benefit to the children or setting the Apprentice is working in. The case study, report and presentation should be designed to allow the relevant KSBs to be assessed for the EPA. The observations, analysis and preparation of the case study report and presentation will typically take 12 weeks. The case study report and presentation must be submitted 12 weeks after the gateway. Sufficient time has been allowed to enable the Apprentice to observe children over a period of typically 6 weeks and allow for situations where children may leave a setting for any reason.

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