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Level: 4

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Weeks: 35

Hours: 0.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 811.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 811.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification is suitable for people aged 18 and over who are currently employed as an Early Years Level 3 practitioner.

It is ideal for people who are looking to develop leadership and specialist skills for use in their current role, or in preparation to take on a specialist role such as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordinator.

It would also suit people who want to progress to further learning to take on a position of leadership within relevant settings.


Entry requirements

You must be over 18 years of age and hold a full Level 3 Early Years/Childcare qualification.

You must also be employed in an Early Years setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification.

Course Content

The content covers the age range from 0-5 years and includes the following areas:

- enabling children to learn
- promoting health and wellbeing
- special educational needs
- working with families implementing change

You will develop and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as you complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio of evidence that will reflect your application of theoretical knowledge in practice and your engagement with statutory frameworks.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs associated with this qualification, and no specialist equipment is required.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

This qualification will prepare you for study at a higher level, for example a Foundation Degree.

It could also provide evidence for a personal statement to enable mature students to enter higher education.


On completion, you can apply for the following roles: 

- SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) - for staff who are undertaking the responsibility of SENCO in relevant settings.

- PANCO role (Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordinator).See:

The qualification also paves the way for internal progression to higher levels and to opportunities in leadership, mentoring, supervision and management.



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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.

Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.
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