Early Year Advanced Practitioner - Level 4 Certificate (Cache)
Qualification Obtained: Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner
This qualiﬁcation provides a professional development opportunity to gain a further vocational early years qualification.
It would suit learners who are looking to develop leadership and specialist skills for use in their 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. It would also suit learners who want to progress to further learning to take on a position of leadership within the setting.
Learners will develop and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.
All classes are taught by specialist tutors with a wealth of experience in the early year’s sector. All tutors engage in regular updating of skills within the industry and research to ensure currency of practice and information.
The part time programme design means that our provision is ideal for adults wishing to embark on a career change but who have other employment or family commitments. The choice of class times is designed to accommodate family life.
Course Entry Requirements
In order to access this course the following entry requirements must be met:
- If not employed in the sector, we would expect you to be an experienced volunteer and to provide written confirmation from a nursery/nurseries or early year provider/s that they are willing to provide you with a placement on a weekly basis for the full duration of the course.
You must already hold an early years or childcare Level 3 qualification.
Career Options and Progression
This qualification will support you to take on leadership roles within the industry.
Following on from this qualification, learners will have the opportunity to progress onto a Level 5 qualification such as the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services and/or a Foundation Degree either in Professional Practice in Early Years or Family Support and Well Being.
Modules and Assessment
As part of this course you will study a range of modules including:
- 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
In order to gain your qualification you will be required to build a Portfolio of evidence. This may include completion of written tasks, posters, leaflets and training materials. You will be required to draw on work products such as nursery policies and guidelines. You will be required to prepare tasks and activities to use within your placement that will then be observed by your assessor.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will attend College for a 3 hour session each week (6 pm – 9 pm) on Tuesdays during term time from November 2016 until May 2017. These sessions will include group delivery and group activities and discussions with 1-1 support also provided. You will be assigned a group tutor who will support you in the collation of your written evidence and an assessor who will attend your placement and assess your competence in the workplace.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Learners are required to source their own placement prior to enrolment. This will need to be confirmed in writing at the time of enrolment. Placement commitment should be for at least 6 hours a week for the full duration of the course. Once a placement is sourced it is essential that you work with the setting to ensure that the DBS application (criminal records check) is processed with your placement as soon as possible.
All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
There are no other costs associated with this course.
There is no specific equipment required to complete this qualification although there is a requirement to have a weekly placement for the full duration of the course.
Regulation and Accreditation
This qualification is a QCF (Qualifications and Credits Framework) qualification. This accreditation means that it is recognised nationally as meeting relevant and appropriate standards.
Terms and Conditions
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