Early Years Senior Practitioner Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard (EYSP)

Course Information:

Through this Early Years Senior Practitioner L5 apprenticeship, you can benefit from a practical, hands on experience of working in the early years sector whilst continuing your development and practice. Further enhancing your employability within the industry. With a hybrid of face-to-face tutor support, online workshops and eLearning content, you will gain new skills and knowledge.

This EYSP L5 apprenticeship standard is a great way to advance your career, continue your professional development and, here at Real Skills, we focus on giving you the skills, knowledge and confidence to excel within the early years sector. This apprenticeship is for both young people and adult learners who have completed a previous early years qualification and/or necessary experience in an early years setting. With dedicated, expert tutor support and eLearning content, our hybrid approach of face-to-face as well as online will ensure the course is tailored to your needs giving you the confidence and skills to continue to progress your career.

Apprenticeships allow you to earn whilst you learn – providing you with broad foundations and invaluable experience across the industry, opening you up to numerous careers. As part of this course, you will be a positive role model for the team. Through clear leadership and effective management, you will support and promote best practice within legislative requirements to enable quality provision within your setting. Working collaboratively with your colleagues, other professionals and parents/carers. You will also cover engaging and motivating all involved for improved outcomes for babies and children.

Entry requirements: Please contact us for details of how to apply.


For this apprenticeship standard, you will need to have completed a suitable early years qualification previously, such as the Early Years Educator Apprenticeship or Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce course as this apprenticeship standard builds on the themes, topics and skills developed in those courses.

To apply for one of our apprenticeships, you need to complete an initial assessment and a skills check to identify your current level of skills and knowledge, this allows us to ensure you are completing the correct level of apprenticeship. We request that you have a GCSE in Maths and English at level C and above or equivalent or, you are willing to undertake functional skills level 2 in English and Maths.

Course objectives: Our apprenticeships allow students of all ages and abilities to benefit from continued development with practical, hands-on experience within the early years sector. Applying for this Early Years Senior Practitoner apprenticeship standard, you will enhance your skills and knowledge and as part of the apprenticeship you will cover:

  • NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner, this qualification covers themes and topics such as:
    • Quality environments
    • Early years pedagogy
    • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
    • Safeguarding
    • Partnership working
    • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
    • Leading and managing
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (if not already held or expiring)
  • Level 2 English and maths (if required)

How to apply

For more information about how to apply for  apprenticeships, please contact us by completing the online enquiry form.

For more information about our apprenticeships, call 0151 257 6969 or email info@real-skills.co.uk. On hand 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, we will do everything we can to help.

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