Childcare & Early Years Training Apprenticeships

Level 4 Early Intervention Practitioner Apprenticeship


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Childcare & Early Years Apprenticeship Summary

Level 4 Early Intervention Practitioner Apprenticeship

You’ll complete this health and social care apprenticeship course while working as an early years Level 3 Practitioner. You’ll learn to understand the concerns, barriers and specific difficulties faced by children, young people and vulnerable adults – identifying interventions to support the achievement of mutually agreed goals. You’ll also gain qualifications to help you develop your career.

  • Qualification – Level 4 Award in Diversity and/or SEND Leadership and Management
  • Learning style – face-to-face, online and workplace coaching
  • Progression – develop your skills or prepare for a more specialist role
  • Duration – typically 13 to 15 months

Off-the-job training

With an apprenticeship you take 20% of your time at work to complete off-the-job training. It’s an innovative way for businesses to gain a multi-skilled workforce – you’ll be able to bring sector insights and the latest knowledge into your organisation.

We’ll support you to train during work hours and confidently evidence your off-the-job learning. You’ll immediately add value by applying your learning to your role – so it’s beneficial for both you and your employer.

Ideal for…

This birth to end of life care apprenticeship is suitable for learners aged 18 and over, who are currently employed as:

  • Children Centre staff
  • Nursery Practitioner
  • Early Intervention Lead
  • Pastoral / School Inclusion Officer
  • Family Support Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Health Visitor

What you’ll learn

On this care course you’ll cover a range of areas – from learning and wellbeing to special educational needs and working with families implementing change. You’ll work on your leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection skills. You’ll also develop your ability to identify risks, promote the voice of the individual and build trust and connection – as well as providing timely and flexible support.


  • Improve your skills and capabilities
  • Discover new competencies
  • Gain a recognised qualification
  • Open up new career opportunities
  • Building case studies

How you’ll learn

The programme combines delivery sessions, virtual learning masterclasses and workplace coach visits. We offer an innovative curriculum with inspiring teaching methods. We also support research that looks to influence practices, policies and debate.

The modules you’ll study

  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Manage Early Intervention Cases
  • Referral and Transition Management
  • Risk Management and Safeguarding
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Manage Working Relationships with Partner Organisations
  • Professional Development and Supervision
  • Mentoring and Coaching Practice
  • Digital Technology
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Safeguarding
  • Theoretical Perspectives

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll complete formative assessments throughout the programme, compiling a portfolio of evidence.

At the end of the apprenticeship you’ll complete a summative end-point assessment – designed to check whether you’ve developed the required knowledge, skills and behaviours. This is conducted by an independent body to make sure it’s impartial. For this course, your end-point assessment organisation is Training Qualifications UK.

You’ll complete a professional discussion with an independent end-point assessor, underpinned by your portfolio of evidence. You’ll also complete a work-based case study, followed by questions.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to meet these requirements:

  • A full Level 3 Early Years / Childcare qualification
  • Resident in the UK/EEA/EU for the last 3 years
  • Meet module requirements through your employment in a relevant job role

You’ll also need to achieve these separate qualifications before or during the course to complete the programme.

  • Level 1 Award Functional Skills in English and/or Maths

Career progression

With the skills you develop on the programme, you’ll increase your employability or prepare to take on a more specialist role – such as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator or a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator.

You’ll also be able to progress to further learning – such as a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. You could even move into higher education – such as a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Let’s help you train

Contact us to find out more about how the programme works and what life is like on a social care apprenticeship.

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