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Childcare & Early Years Education

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This Level 4 qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners working in the early years workforce at Level 3. This qualification will embrace the wealth of experience of the Level 3 early years workforce, and challenge you in both your daily practice and theoretical understanding.

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

Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be equipped as an Advanced Practitioner. The Advanced Practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the early years workforce.

Course details

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

  • Enabling children to learn
  • Promoting health and well-being
  • Special educational needs
  • Working with families — implementing change
Entry guidelines
  • You must be 18+ years and hold a full Level 3 early years / childcare qualification.
  • This is a work-based qualification. You must be employed in an early years setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification
  • GCSE grade C in English/maths ( or equivalent)

At interview you will need to:

  • Show evidence of qualifications and role/responsibilities.
  • Show that you are motivated and committed
  • Provide a positive reference
Assessment Method

Students will have support from a Trainer Assessor within the Real Work Environment who will assess and support your completion of an e-portfolio of evidence.

To gain this qualification the student will need to complete the 5 mandatory units.

Additional Information

This qualification will suit students 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 Special Educational Needs Coordinator or a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator.

This qualification is eligible for an adult learning loan.

Where can I progress to?

You could progress to a Level 5 qualification such as the Level 5 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 in higher education.

You could progress to the following job roles and responsibilities:

  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo)
  • Internal progression at a higher level, including those with management responsibilities

Explore potential careers via Career Match — it provides current local data on wages and employment prospects.

When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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