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.
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.