Who is the course for?
This qualification is suitable for learners aged 18 and over, who are currently employed as an early years Level 3 practitioner.
It would be an ideal development programme for 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.
What does the course involve?
This course has five units, providing the opportunity to build on your existing early year’s knowledge and understanding, and develop skills that will promote quality, encourage leadership, prepare you for management responsibilities and allow for growth in coaching and mentoring others.
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
What makes this course special?
This is the perfect course to help students hone their skills to prepare them for further study at a higher level, within the specific sector of early years.
It would also suit learners who want to progress to further learning to take on a position of leadership within the setting.
Learners must be at least 18 years of age. You need to be employed in an early years setting and working as a Level 3 Practitioner.
What are the assessment methods?
Internal assessment approach: a work–based Portfolio of Evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with statutory frameworks.
How long is the course?
You can start this part–time programme flexibly at any time during the year with an expectation that you will complete within 12 months of starting.
This is a part–time self–directed study programme with a maximum of one year’s study.
What are the College attendance requirements?
The programme will be offered as either flexible self–directed study and/or five knowledge workshops of three hours dependent on group size. Attendance at College is not pre–required as the qualification can be delivered within the workplace. Current awarding body guidance states 7–10 hours of independent study is required per week.
What are the progression options?
This qualification provides progression to a Level 5 such as the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services.