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Early Years and Childcare

Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner NCFE CACHE Certificate

Higher Education

Course Overview

This course will equip the learner to become an Advanced Practitioner; which is an important role model. They will be able to use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the early year’s workforce, it will challenge them in both daily practice and theoretical understanding.

They will be provided with an opportunity to build on previous learnt knowledge and understanding of early years practice, and further develop skills that will promote quality, encourage leadership, prepare for management responsibilities and allow for growth in coaching and mentoring others.

Course Content

This Level 4 qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners working in the early year’s workforce at Level 3. This qualification will embrace the wealth of experience of the Level 3 early years workforce and challenge learners in both family practice and theoretical understating. 

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully achieve 5 mandatory units.which 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

Entry Requirement

The Certificate for the Early Years Practitioner is a work-based qualification for those who work in a suitable an Early Years setting. Learners must be 18 or over and hold a level 3 Early Years qualification.


Assessment is by production of a personal portfolio of evidence demonstrating understanding and competence in practice of the learning outcomes of the level 4 certificate. Learners must complete a selection of assignment tasks as part of their evidence.

The learner will be assessed in their workplace by a qualified business trainer/assessor.

Where does this course lead to

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to a Level 5 qualification 

 The qualification will also prepare learners for further study of early years in higher education. 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

How to Enrol

If you wish to apply or require further information please email workbasedlearning@bcot.ac.uk

The loan available for this course is only for £811 so doesn't cover the whole fee. Additional payment to the college will be required if you choose to take out the loan.

Thank you for your interest in this course, enrolment has not yet opened for 2023, join our waiting list to receive details about our next course.

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If the course you are interested in is full, please email information@bcot.ac.uk and a member of our team will get back to you with the next available start date and place you on the course waiting list

Course Outline

Course Code: MXEC241
Study Mode: Higher Education
Start Date: 01/08/2023
Duration: 1 Year
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £811.00)
Registration Fees: £123.00
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