Where will this course lead?

SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) - for staff who are undertaking the responsibility of SENCO in the setting. 
PANCO (Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator) - for staff who are undertaking the responsibility of PANCO in the setting. 
Internal progression at higher level including those with management responsibilities. 
Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities. 

What will I study?

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. 

Unit 1 - Enabling children to learn 

Unit 2 - Promoting health and well-being through physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo) in the early years 

Unit 3 - Working with others to support children with additional needs, including Special Educational Needs and Disability 

Unit 4 - Working with families and other professionals in early years settings 

Unit 5 - Implementing change in an early year setting incorporating a small-scale research project 

How will this course be delivered?

This course will be delivered online with 1-1 support form an occupationally competent tutor/assessor.

What qualifications will I get?

NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner    

To pass this course learners must pass 4 written assignments, 1 project and 3 practical assignments. 

How will I be 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. 

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview and upon meeting the entry requirements by either face to face interview or by telephone. 

What are the entry requirements?

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

The CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner is a knowledge and skills-based qualification. You therefore must have a job or voluntary placement in an early years environment in order to complete this course. The course is assessed by both knowledge based written assignments, practical tasks (which are witnessed by a colleague) and a final project. 

What else do I need to know?

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. 

This course costs £811.00. This can be paid using Advanced Learning Loans if eligible. 

What can I do after this course?

Level 5 qualifications 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 mature students to enter Higher Education. 


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