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Level: 4

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Weeks: 20

Hours:

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Tuition (£): 811.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Adult Loan Amount: 811.00****

Interview: N

Course Summary

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:

  • Enabling children to learn
  • Promoting health and wellbeing through physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo) in the early years
  • Working with others to support children with additional needs, including Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Working with families and other professionals in early years settings
  • Implementing change in an early years setting, incorporating a small-scale research project

This qualification will equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of key subject areas, for example:

  • Holistic learning of babies and children from birth to five years of age
  • Statutory planning and monitoring requirements in your own country
  • The benefits of physical activity, and the importance of diet, to the health and wellbeing of babies, children and their families
  • Effective inclusion of children in early years settings
  • The responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) within early years settings to promote children’s learning and development
  • Statutory requirements for working in partnership with families
  • How effective partnership working with other professionals can improve the care and development of babies and children in their own setting
  • Reflection on practice and use of current research to produce recommendations for improvements to your own setting

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.

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 Early Years qualifications
  • Good standard of English
  • Supervisory role

Course Content

 

You will need to complete five mandatory units to achieve this qualification. They are:

  • Enabling children to learn
  • Promoting health and wellbeing through physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo) in the early years
  • Working with others to support children with additional needs, including Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Working with families and other professionals in early years settings
  • Implementing change in an early years settings, incorporating a small-scale research project.

 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through:

  • Questioning - knowledge and professional discussions
  • Work products
  • Observations
  • Witness testimonies

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

 

What can I do after this 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:

  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator 

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. 

 

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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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