NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner
- Health, Public Services and Care, Early Years Educator
- Registration and Certification Fee
- Level 5
- Minimum entry age
- Credit Value
What does this qualification cover?
The aim of the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner qualification is to support leadership and management skills in early years and the knowledge and skills relating to the early years practice.
The Early Years Senior Practitioner will be a positive role model for the team. Through clear leadership and effective management, the Senior Practitioner will support and promote best practice within legislative requirements to enable quality provision. Working collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and parents/carers the Senior Practitioner engages and motivates all involved for improved outcomes for babies and children.
The areas covered in this qualification include:
•early years pedagogy
•Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
•play for learning
•the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
•leading and managing
•health, safety and well-being
•roles and responsibilities.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for learners already working in the early years sector in a managerial role, as well as learners that may wish to develop their career or increase understanding through professional development.
What are the entry requirements?
Learners must be aged 19 or over. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.
How is this qualification structured?
To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 90 credits from all 18 mandatory units.
How is it assessed?
All units will be internally assessed using an externally set and internally marked Assessment of Learning. EYSP 2 and EYSP 12 must be assessed using an externally set and internally marked task. A range of methods can be applied to other units, which could include: direct observation of practice, professional discussion, work product or a portfolio of evidence.
How long will it take to complete this qualification?
This qualification will take approximately 18-24 months to complete.
Do you need to be working to take this qualification?
To be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills, learners will need to be working in the role of Leader, Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles to be able to study for the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner.
What related qualifications can you progress to?
It is anticipated that learners will be able to progress within the workforce or to Higher Education in a relevant subject area.
Funding for our qualifications
Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.
Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?
Upon successful completion, learners can work as an Early Years Senior Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce across the private, voluntary and independent sector or progress to Higher Education in a relevant subject area.
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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.
Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. We have removed the requirement for students to complete a minimum number of placement hours; hours should still be recorded.
The adaptation addendum document contains further information on how DfE Early Years Educator criteria can be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods. Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document.
For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.
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