NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

Our course code: X402

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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 whilst working, as you can study online. 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 Early Years Advanced Practitioner 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.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: 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.

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.


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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


This work-based Level 4 qualification aims to provide you with everything you need to develop professionally as an Early Years Advanced Practitioner, and to expand the career opportunities available to you.

As you progress on this course, you will be continually assessed on your ability to work at Level 4. This course takes place across five units, and you will be expected to produce a work-based portfolio of evidence that reflects your skills and experience. You will also be assessed during observations, which will take place during your normal routine. Your Oxbridge tutor will mark your written assignments, as well as sign off your observations.

Your performance in the workplace can be assessed by a colleague who has held a supervisory role for over two years, and has an Early Years qualification at Level 4 or above. Alternatively, you can choose an assessor who holds a qualification such as A1 or CAVA, alongside an Early Years qualification at Level 4 or above. Oxbridge will verify the suitability of your assessor, and we offer free guidance as to how to observe and write in a format suitable for marking by your tutor. An Oxbridge assessor can also be provided for you if required, for an additional fee.

When you submit your written work, you will be required to include a bibliography using clear citations and references. You will also need to provide documentation of your work, such as an evidence record, and a log of placement hours. Your tutor will explain exactly what is needed.

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

Difficulty - 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

Course Content

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.

2: Understand how to support children and young people to improve their mental health and well-being

In this unit, you will consider the factors that could influence mental health and well-being in children and young people. You’ll also explore current national strategies for promoting mental health and well-being in own UK home nation.

This unit will challenge you to gain a greater awareness of how children and young people deal with these issues and how to help and support.

You’ll be required to evidence how you could apply this new learning to your day-to-day role with children and young people, and report on subsequent changes to practice in own setting through the development of a learner portfolio.

3: Working with others to support children with additional needs, including special educational needs and disability

In this unit, you will look at the effective inclusion of children, young people, and/or adults.

Through examination of national requirements and guidance, you will consider the responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) within early years settings, to promote children’s learning and development.

By undertaking this unit, you will develop confidence and expertise to mentor other early years practitioners and work in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals, to ensure intervention remains effective for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

4: Working with families and other professionals in early years settings

In this unit, you will examine statutory requirements for working in partnership with families, and learn how effective partnership working with other professionals can improve the care and development of babies and children in own setting.

Through this unit, you will explore some of the diverse needs of families, and reflect on how best to overcome barriers to partnership working with families.

In undertaking this unit, you will apply coaching, leadership and mentoring skills to educate and motivate staff to work effectively in partnership with others.

5: Implementing change in an early years setting incorporating a small scale research project

In this unit, you will be required to plan, implement and evaluate change in relation to an identified theme. This will be achieved through a small scale research project. You will be introduced to research, and the role of ethics when undertaking research.

The theme selected will allow you to reflect on practice, and use current research to produce recommendations for improvements to your own setting, implement these recommendations and summarise findings.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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.

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 the specified duration of your course.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

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

During your placement, observation is required to complete your course, conducted by a qualified teacher, assessor, or potentially, a higher-level manager. 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.  

If you arrange your own observer, they will need to be suitably qualified and evidence of this will be required. If needed, your tutor can provide information, support and training for your chosen observer to fully understand the requirements of observation. 

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

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

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!