Early Years Advanced Practitioner Online Certificate (Level 4)

Early Years Advanced Practitioner Online Certificate (Level 4)

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Early Years Advanced Practitioner Online Certificate (Level 4)

This online qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for those who are working in the early years workforce at Level 3.

It would suit those who are looking to develop leadership and specialist skills for use in your current role, or in preparation to take on a specialist role such as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator or a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator.

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 settings.
  • reflection on practice, and using current research to produce recommendations for improvements to your own setting.
Duration 6-9 months
Study mode Part Time
Start date Various
Campus Online and 1:1 tutorials
Course code 70276-01
Fee £811* subject to change (Advanced Learner Loan Eligible)

What you will study

You will need to complete five online mandatory units to achieve this qualification. Weekly tasks and activities will be set to support your knowledge development and a tutor will be available for online support and feedback. Modules include:

  • enabling children to learn
  • promoting health and well-being through physical activity and nutrition coordination (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. 

How you will it be assessed?

Internal assessment approach: Work-based online portfolio of evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with statutory frameworks. 

Support and guidance will be given to you by your tutor online.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course, you need to:

  • Be 18 years old before applying
  • Hold a full Level 3 Early Years/Childcare qualification
  • Be currently employed at an early years setting
  • Be in a position of responsibility and be able to implement change


There are no GCSE entry requirements, but confidence in reading and writing in English will be vital to achieve success. Applicants will be given the opportunity to explore their suitability as part of their pre-course information and advice.

Where is this course delivered?

Online based.

What's next?

After successful completion of this level 4 course, you will be able to seek to apply for various higher level positions within the industry including:

  • SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) - for staff who are undertaking the responsibility of SENCO in the setting.
  • PANCO role (Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator).
  • Internal progression at higher level including those with management responsibilities.
  • Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.​

Alternatively, this qualification also prepares you for study at a higher level, for example a Foundation Degree in Early Years. 

Although the qualification will not be eligible for UCAS points, it could provide evidence for a personal statement to enable you to enter Higher Education. 

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