Level 5
Diploma for Early Years Senior Practitioner


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 practice 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.

Our qualified and experienced tutors and assessors will guide you every step of the way, giving you the skills to excel and progress.

Key Features

  • Gain an accredited qualification awarded by NCFE CACHE

  • Earn while you’re learning

  • Full support from our tutors and assessors

What’s involved

If you decide that an apprenticeship is the route for you then it will last for around 18-24 months. We will meet the needs of both yourself and the employer to deliver on the job training at your placement and off the job training at our fully equipped learning center in Speke. On completion of the course you will receive an industry recognised qualification from NCFE CACHE.

The apprenticeship is generally split into three main components: the first, where one of our tutors will come out to your workplace and observe and assess the skills you have gained whilst working; the second part contains all the theory behind why you do the things you do in the workplace and finally the Maths, English and ICT support, if they are required and depending upon your situation you may not need to do this part.


Due to the funding eligibility rules, from the Skills Funding Agency, it is best to speak with one of our advisers, but as a quick guide, based on age:

19+ – Depending on your situation and prior qualifications we have a wide range of funding options including fully funded to 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, meaning that there is no up front cost and you only pay back when you earn over £25,000 a year.

Entry requirements

the leaner must be aged 19 or over qualifications that you have relevant experience.

To be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills, learners will need to be working in the role of Leader, Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles to be able to study for the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner

However, we would recommend getting in touch with us and one of our helpful recruitment team can discuss the qualifications with you and find one that fits your requirements.


Upon successful completion, learners can work as an Early Years Senior Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce across the private, voluntary and independent sector or progress to Higher Education in a relevant subject area


Contact us today for more information or even just for a friendly chat