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Early Years Lead Practitioner

Early Years Lead Practitioner

Qualification level: 5
Qualification type: Apprenticeship
Course Duration: 18 Months
Course Value: £8,000
Learning: Online
Funding: 95% Government Funded


The Early Years Lead Practitioner will be a proactive and influential practitioner, working directly with children, skillfully leading day to day practice at an operational level. As active practitioners they are effective role models of play based learning, supporting others to develop their own practice. They are highly skilled professionals who take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care, adapting to individual needs providing inclusive and holistic provision.

Early Years Lead Practitioner

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Blended Learning

Blended approaches use multiple methods to deliver learning by combining face-to-face interactions with online activities.

95% Government Funding

The Government pay 95% towards course fees. This means as an employer, you only need to contribute 5%.

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Curriculum that is specifically individualised to your business,
encompasses the apprenticeship standard as well as adding programme enrichment relevant to your employees.

Early Years Lead Practitioner

Course Guide

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Early Years Apprenticeships

The Childcare sector, otherwise known as Early Years care, is the care and supervision of a a child or children, whose ages range from six weeks to thirteen years. Childcare is the action or skill of looking after children by a day nursery, nanny, babysitter, teachers, or other providers. Childcare is a broad topic that covers a wide spectrum of professionals, institutions, contexts, activities, and social and cultural conventions. Early childcare is an equally important and often overlooked component of child development. Childcare providers can be children’s first teachers, and therefore play an integral role in systems of early childhood education.

Early Years settings may include:

  • Day nurseries
  • Pre-schools
  • Nursery classes
  • Wraparound childcare
  • Care for disabled children
  • Registered

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Paediatric First Aid
Also includes

Paediatric First Aid

Eden now offer this accredited 12 hours blended learning course as a complimentary (no charge) offer for all learners on an Eden Early Years programme. 


The Level 3 Award for Special Education Needs Coordinators in Early Years qualification is aimed at Level 3 Nursery Practitioners in a private, voluntary or independent setting. All providers of Early Years Childcare are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care.

Advanced Childcare Practice Management

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