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NCFE/CACHE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner


Early Years

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



2 years



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Course Overview

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.To be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills, learners will already be working in the early years sector in the role of Leader, Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these rolesThe 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.

What will I learn?

The areas covered in this qualification include:

- Quality environments
- Early years pedagogy
- Behaviour
- Care routines
- Professional development
- Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
- Safeguarding
- Inclusion
- Development
- Play for learning
- Partnership working
- The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Leading and managing
- Health, safety and well-being
- Roles and responsibilities

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This course typically takes 18-24 months to complete.

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.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be aged 19 years or over.

Learners will need to have a minimum of a Level 3 Early Years qualification.

You will have day to day responsibility for both the children in your care and the adults who care for them. You may need to take on additional roles to achieve this qualification, for example, contributing to the development of policies and procedures, and setting individual and team objectives.

Additional Costs and Information

All students will use the OneFile eportfolio to submit work and receive feedback from their assessor.

The cost of this course is £4670, please contact the College for information on student loans.

The cost of books and additional resources will be met by the student.

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