NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

This advanced course is perfect for existing Early Years practitioners in the childcare sector seeking the expertise to progress into leadership and managerial positions. The course strengthens your understanding of Early Years, enabling you to provide greater care for children and young people. The certificate will greatly enhance your options upon graduation. For example, that dream nursery management role you’ve been after can be a reality.

By studying this course you will be able to demonstrate that you hold in-depth knowledge of what it takes to manage and lead a superior team of Early Years Practitioners. You will also be able to demonstrate that you know what it takes to give care that is to the highest standards as outlined in the EYFS. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a curriculum framework that has been compulsory in all childcare settings in the UK since 2008 as stipulated by the Child Care Act 2006.

Our Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner course is perfect for existing Early Years Practitioners who are looking to take their knowledge in childcare to a higher level. This course is particularly suited to those continuing professional development to gain recognition at a higher level or in a higher role. Can you see yourself setting up your own childcare business or working in a supervisory or management-level position in the Early Years environment? Achieving this Level 4 Certification will help you get there.

On this course you will:

  • Develop the knowledge and understanding of how to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and manage all aspects of children’s learning and development from birth to the age of 5.
  • Go into depth to provide a sound knowledge of crucial aspects within a childcare environment for management and senior level members of staff including safeguarding, managing a team, professional partnerships and how to work to the highest standards within early years.
  • This Level 4 course in Early Years will provide you with a comprehensive insight into the main areas of early year’s childcare.

To complete this qualification, you are required to be employed in a learning environment (schools or college), holding a full Level 3 early years / childcare qualification. The minimum age to enrol is 18 years old. On completion, this qualification can be used as evidence for a personal statement to enter Higher Education for a route into teaching, however, it will not be eligible for UCAS points. The ideal progression route is to move onto a Level 5 qualification, such as the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Child and Young People’s Services (England).

Our Early Years Level 4 is perfect for existing Early Years Practitioners looking to take their knowledge in childcare to a higher level.
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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X402
Qualification code: 601/8424/3
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It takes around 205 hours to complete this course, which is around 35 minutes per day for 12 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.



To pass this course, there are two key requirements:

  • You’ll already be working in an Early Years setting / learning environment (school or college), and will continue to do so while studying with us
  • You will compile a work-based portfolio with varied forms of evidence against key learning criteria
  • You will successfully complete all five mandatory units

You will be assessed through a range of methods for your portfolio, including written evaluations, presentations and projects to show the development of leadership skills across core themes. You’ll also be assessed via direct observation by a Tutor / Teacher / Assessor within the workplace.

Assessment covers both knowledge and competence/skills-based outcomes.

The assessor of your placement will need to be both occupationally knowledgeable and qualified to make assessment decisions (i.e. have a CAVA or equivalent assessing qualification).

This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment and of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.


Course Outcomes

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 4 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

Upon completion, you will be equipped as an Advanced Practitioner, able to use crucial leadership skills to mento others across all roles and responsibilities in the school or college workforce.

You could progress to the following job roles and responsibilities:

  • Higher Level Practitioner/Teaching Assistant
  • 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.

For further development, you could progress to a Level 5 qualification such as the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England).

This qualification will also prepare you for further study of early years in higher education.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner
Level 4
Entry requirements
In order to enrol on this course you must: Be employed in early years setting at Level 3, be 18+ years, hold a full Level 3 early years/childcare qualification.
Minimum Enrolment Age
18 years
Section 1
Enabling children to learn

In this unit, you will consider diverse approaches to early years pedagogy that influence holistic learning of babies and children from birth to five years of age. You will also explore statutory planning and monitoring requirements.

This unit will challenge you to gain a greater awareness of how babies and young children learn and how to apply theory to practice. You will be required to evidence how you apply new learning to your day-to-day role with children from birth to five years, and report on subsequent changes to practice in own setting through the development of a learner portfolio.

By undertaking this unit you will explore leadership, mentoring and management skills relevant to your role.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

During your placement, observation by a qualified teacher, assessor, or potentially, a higher level person of management, is required to complete your course. You can find yourself an observer, or we can send one of our tutors to come observe you. There will be an additional cost starting from £250 per day for us to come and assess you. However, there will be a discounted rate based on total number of days you need to be observed or assessed. This can be discussed with your tutor to ensure it meets your personal requirements as a learner.

In order to enrol on this course you must be employed in an early years setting at Level 3, be 18+ year AND hold a full Level 3 early years/childcare qualification.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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