NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings
- Health, Public Services and Care, Early Years Educator
- Registration and Certification Fee
- Level 3
- Minimum entry age
Recent revision of the criteria for the role of the special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) in the early years has been published in January 2022. This revision indicates minor changes in the teaching and delivery of the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings (603/3476/9). The changes do not impact the assessment of the qualification but, to ensure that our qualification continues to reflect current thinking, we have included additional guidance for delivery.
These changes are identified in the Horizons communications document, under the support materials tab below, and have been updated within the latest version of the qualification specification. Please be assured that these changes will allow teaching and delivery to meet the revised criteria from the DfE for practitioners in early years settings working in, or preparing to work in the role of the SENCo.
What does this qualification cover?
This qualification aims to:
• Explore the roles and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in an early years setting
• Understand the strategies and techniques for supporting children and their families
• Increase knowledge of SEN codes of practice
The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:
• progress to further and higher education
• develop new practical skills in health and social care
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for learners who envisage or currently have careers in such areas as healthcare, social work, nursing, counselling, early years and teaching.
What are the entry requirements?
Learners must be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but centres may have their own guidelines.
How is this qualification structured?
To be awarded the Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings, learners must achieve a pass in the 2 mandatory units.
How is it assessed?
A non-mandatory internal assessment task will be provided to be completed at the end of the qualification. This qualification does not include an external assessment.
How long will it take to complete this qualification?
This qualification will take less than one year to complete.
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Upon achievement of this qualification, learners will be able to progress to higher learning in Special Education Needs and other relevant sectors.
This qualification is suitable for those interested in pursuing careers in the following areas:
• Health and social care
• Childhood studies
• Community, youth and families
• Social work
• Early years
• Primary teaching
Funding for our qualifications
Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.
Qualification SpecificationLessMore info Download
This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in PDF format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.
The Role of the Early Years SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)LessMore info Download
This document is intended as guidance for early years providers and practitioners to help clarify the role of the Early Years SENCo in non-maintained early years settings. It should be read alongside the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice.
Qualification FactsheetLessMore info Download
This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the Centre, learner and employer.
Horizons communication – February 2022LessMore info Download
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Qualification Specification (Word)LessMore info Download
This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in MS Word format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.
Workbook and Resources
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Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted. Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.
Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document which can be found below.
For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.
2021-22 AT 60334769 V1.0LessMore info Download
HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021LessMore info Download