Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner Apprenticeship

About the course

The aim of the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner qualification is to support leadership and management skills in the early years and the knowledge and skills relating to the early years practice.

The Early Years Senior Practitioner will be a positive role model for the team. Through clear leadership and effective management, the Senior Practitioner will support and promote best practices within legislative requirements to enable quality provision. Working collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, and parents/carers the Senior Practitioner engages and motivates all involved for improved outcomes for babies and children.

Course Structure:

To achieve the Level 5 Diploma students must obtain a minimum of 90 credits QCF credits from all 18 mandatory units.

Course Content: 

  • The areas covered in this qualification include:
    • Care routines
    • Professional development
    • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
    • Safeguarding
    • Partnership working
    • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
    • Leading and managing
    • Health, safety, and well-being
    • Roles and responsibilities.


What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that student must have Level 2 in English and Mathematics and a minimum of a Level 3 in relevant qualification. Also, Students will be required to take initial assessments prior to their place on the course being confirmed.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Yes, in order to take the qualification, the student needs to be working in the role of Leader, Deputy, or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out the responsibilities associated with these roles through volunteering.

Assessment Method:

Portfolio of evidence and EPA. (EYSP 2 and EYSP 12 is assessed using an externally set and internally marked task).

Qualification: Level 5 Diploma in Early Years Senior Practitioner

Course Mode: Full time/Part time

Progression route?

Through achieving this qualification, you will be able to progress within the workforce or to Higher Education in a relevant subject area.

Course Duration:

18 – 24 months

Start Dates:

There is no set time. Students can start the course at any time.