Every early year’s team needs a confident, skilled leader to help provide an environment in which children and babies can grow and thrive. If you’ve already achieved an early year’s qualification at level three and you’re looking for a course that will take your career in childcare to the next level, then the NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner is the natural next step.
This level 4 childcare course and diploma is similar to the first year of a degree course and is therefore structured similarly. We will provide relevant reading material, and you’ll be encouraged to conduct independent research before completing an end-of-unit assignment.
You’ll gain a detailed insight into the development of babies and children from birth to five years and learn exactly what it means to lead a team working as one to provide a supportive, nurturing setting. You’ll develop your knowledge of how to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and study policies and procedures as well as other crucial areas such as safeguarding. You’ll study this advanced early years course in your own time, at your own pace, and complete your assessments over the course of your normal routine. Simple, and convenient!
Before you study early years level 4 you will need to study early years level 2 and early years level 3. After you’ve completed your level 4 studies you may wish to progress to early years level 5.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Enabling children to learn
Throughout the opening unit, you’ll explore the role of the Advanced Practitioner. You’ll investigate the importance of working in harmony with colleagues, how to be a mentor, and how to delegate effectively. You’ll examine the importance of working in close partnership with parents and carers, as well as the more technical aspects of your role such as record keeping and policy.
You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the statutory framework for early years, and develop your own role, along with that of your team, in providing purposeful learning experiences for babies and children. You’ll cover safeguarding and welfare and understand pedagogical approaches to early years practise. Additionally, study ways to plan an enabling learning environment, understand the monitoring and assessment process, and practise reflecting on your own role and the roles of others with a view to implementing improvements.
Unit 2 - Promoting health and well-being through physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo) in the early years
In the second unit, you’ll gain an appreciation of the benefits of physical activity and a healthy diet to the wellbeing of babies, children, and their families. With this in mind, you’ll consider statutory requirements, local and national initiatives, and wider perspectives that are instrumental in promoting positive approaches in these areas. As you study and continue with your work-based experience, you’ll be required to reflect on your own performance to implement positive changes. You’ll work with staff, parents, and carers to make positive changes for the health of the babies and children in your care in the role of a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo).
Unit 3 - Working with others to support children with additional needs, including special educational needs and disability
This unit will focus on effective inclusion for children in early years settings. It will allow you to demonstrate the leadership and management skills of the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), whilst promoting best practise for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.
Unit 4 - Working with families and other professionals in early years settings
During this unit, you’ll examine statutory requirements for working in partnership with families. You’ll also discover how working in effective partnership with other professionals can improve the care and development of the babies and children in your care. You’ll explore some of the complex and diverse needs of families, and how to overcome some of the barriers you might face when working with them. Additionally, you’ll learn how to apply coaching, leadership, and mentoring skills to educate and motivate staff to work effectively in partnership with others.
Unit 5 - Implementing change in an early year’s setting incorporating a small-scale research project
Throughout the final unit, you’ll be required to plan, implement, and evaluate change in relation to an identified theme. You’ll achieve this through a small-scale research project. The theme selected will allow you to reflect on practice, use current research to produce recommendations for improvement to your own setting, implement these recommendations, and summarise your findings.
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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is 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.
How is this course assessed or examined?
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 workplace assessor 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. Find out more about what’s required of an assessor here.
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.
To complete this qualification, you are required to be employed in a learning environment (in a nursery), holding a full Level 3 early years/childcare qualification. You’ll also need to be at least 18 years old.