What does the qualification cover?

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

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

Who is it suitable for?

Suitable for learners aged 18 and over, who are currently employed as an early years Level 3 practitioner. 

It would suit learners 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 Coordinator or a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator. 

It would also suit learners who want to progress to further learning to take on a position of leadership within the setting.  


What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be 18+ and hold a full Level 3 Early Years/Childcare qualification.


How is it assessed?

Internal assessment approach: Work-based Portfolio of Evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with statutory frameworks.


​Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

This is a work-based qualification.  Learners must be employed in an Early Years setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification. 


How long does it take to complete?

Learners can usually complete this qualification within a year. 


What related qualifications can you progress to?

Level 5 qualification such as the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services.

This qualification will prepare learners for study at a higher level, for example a Foundation Degree in Early Years. 

Although the qualification will not be eligible for UCAS points, it could provide evidence for a personal statement to enable students to enter Higher Education.  


Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) - for staff who are undertaking the responsibility of SENCO in the setting.; PANCO role (Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator).  

Internal progression at higher level including those with management responsibilities. 

Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.​