If you are a practitioner within the early years workforce, this Level 4 qualification aims to provide you with professional development opportunities. It is a work-based qualification which embraces the wealth of experience that you have already gained within the Level 3 early years workforce, and it challenges you in both your daily practice and theoretical understanding.
You will need to complete five mandatory units to achieve this qualification. The mandatory units are:
This qualification will equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of key subject areas, for example:
This qualification is a good choice for you if you are looking to progress to become an Advanced Practitioner within the early years workforce. The Advanced Practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the early years workforce.
The course is between 4-5 months long, with four hours per month tutorial which can be in class or through the One File system.
You will need to complete five mandatory units to achieve this qualification. They are:
You will be assessed through:
You will need to have a student loan for £811 or alternatively you can be invoiced for the whole amount. This covers registration, certification and support from an assessor throughout the programme.
You will need a laptop to be able to access One File, enabling you to upload evidence and chart your progress within the course.
Through this qualification, you will gain the required knowledge, understanding and skills to progress from a full Level 3 Early Years or Childcare qualification up to a Level 5 qualification, such as the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England). The qualification will also prepare you for further study of early years subjects in higher education.
You could progress to the following job roles and responsibilities:
You could also consider internal progression to a higher level, including roles with management responsibilities. There are leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities within this sector.
Derby College Early Years higher education student Melissa Smedley would like to train as a play therapist once she’s graduated.
Melissa, who is completing her foundation degree in Children and Young People's Services, has been studying at the college since she was 16.
A natural with young children, she cared for her little brother who has special needs from the age of 13 and has always wanted to go into childcare.
And, getting an A grade in Child Development while still in year 10 at school, convinced Melissa she was making the right choice.
She said: “I’m the sort of person who needs to know what I’m aiming for. I couldn’t do years of study just for the sake of it.
“I was quite a nervous, anxious person but going to college has done so much for my confidence. My lecturer Mandy at Ilkeston was the one who started me off by encouraging me, and the lecturers I have now have also given me some support. I was feeling a bit nervous about moving from Ilkeston to a different campus when I started my foundation degree but my lecturer Amber met me at The Roundhouse and helped me find my way around.”
Melissa – who has been accepted on to the top up degree course at Derby University – currently balances studying with working at Busy Bees nursery in Wollaton. She’s been there for three years and was recently promoted to senior room manager, looking after babies aged from three months to one year.
Reflecting on the HE course content, she added: “What we learn is all relatable and, when you’re interested in what you’re learning, it keeps you occupied and motivated. My big interest is in forest school and outdoor play. I can’t believe I’ve been with Derby College since I was 16! I’ve come so far with college. I’m the first person in my family to get this far – to degree level – in my education.”
I was quite a nervous, anxious person but going to college has done so much for my confidence. My lecturer Mandy at Ilkeston was the one who started me off by encouraging me, and the lecturers I have now have also given me some support. I was feeling a bit nervous about moving from Ilkeston to a different campus when I started my foundation degree but my lecturer Amber met me at The Roundhouse and helped me find my way around.