Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner (part-time day)

Start Date: 14 September 2020
Funding information: Course costs apply.
Duration: 9 months
Attendance: Part-time

Course Overview

The NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner 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 learners in both their daily practice and theoretical understanding.

Upon achievement of the qualification, learners 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.

The qualification covers a range of early years topics at Level 4, including enabling children to learn, working with families and other professionals and implementing change, as well as specialist areas such as physical activity and nutrition and special educational needs. Learners will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

Learners will have 6 face to face visits in the workplace and 3 remote visits via telephone or Skype. Access to online materials and support will be available throughout the duration of the course. Additional visits will incur an extra charge of £100 per visit.

Course Content

As a practitioner within the early years workforce, this Level 4 qualification aims to provide you with professional development opportunities. This work-based qualification will embrace the wealth of experience that you have already gained within the Level 3 early years workforce, and challenge you in both your daily practice and theoretical understanding.

You will need to complete 5 mandatory units to achieve this qualification. The mandatory units are:

  • Enabling children to learn
  • Promoting health and well-being 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 own setting
  • Reflection on practice, and using current research to produce recommendations for improvements to your own setting

Entry Requirements

Learners must be 18+ and hold a full Level 3 Early Years/Childcare qualification. Learners are required to be employed in an early years setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification.

Assessment Methods

    This qualification will be assessed using a portfolio of evidence.


Upon successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto the 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. Learners 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 Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities

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.