Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

This qualification is aimed at those already working with supervisory responsibility in an early years setting. It is designed to address the need for high-quality professionals in Early years and to support learner progression whilst in employment or to Level 6 qualifications in the sector. Learners’ will be assessed during their practice on placement by an assessor. Learners will also undertake written assessments and complete a Practical and Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP). Other required learning will include private study, preparation for assessment and undertaking assessment when not directly under supervision.

Advanced Practice in Early Years Education – Unit information Year 1 Professional Development Through Reflective Practice Develop your understanding and skills regarding effective and reflective early years practice. Learn to demonstrate the practical competences required of the professional early years worker by gathering evidence for your Practical and Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP).

Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners You will learn about advanced early years practitioner communication, values and leadership skills. You will undertake a minimum of three observations of practice skills by a qualified assessor and take a lead role in at least two team activities in early years settings.

Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months Develop an understanding of the theories underpinning children’s development and progress from birth to seven years, 11 months. Develop skills to evaluate the effectiveness of different observation methods, and use appropriate strategies to support children’s progress and development.

Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning Gain an understanding of theories and approaches to play for delivering the requirements of the early years curriculum. Learners will work independently to implement play and learning activities in their own settings across areas of learning, and in line with curriculum requirements.

Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour Gain an understanding of the complexities of children’s behaviour. You will explore ways of successfully supporting the development of positive behaviour and incorporating this into your own practice.

Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection Learn about the principles, policies and procedures for safeguarding children in the early years sector. You will develop skills to recognise signs of abuse and how to respond appropriately.

Year 2 Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings Gain an understanding of the risks associated with early years environments. You will produce a detailed risk assessment to be used in practice and review the extent to which it is likely to reduce risks to children. You will demonstrate how you can work as part of a team, and independently.

Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings Learn about the importance of high-quality provision in the early years sector for young children and their families, and develop the skills to achieve this. You will assess an aspect of quality in an early years setting against approved standards and make recommendations based on your findings.

Developing Research Skills for Early Years Practice Develop an understanding of research in the early years sector. you will develop your knowledge of the purposes and uses of research.

The Whole Child Approach in Early Years Practice Develop your understanding of how holistic models and theories are used to inform and develop progressive approaches to early years practice, and the skills to implement them. In partnership with families and other multi-agency professionals, you will be able to implement, document, evaluate and give examples of how holistic approaches support a child’s overall progress.

Health Promotion for Advanced Early Years Practitioners Learn about the importance of health promotion in improving the health of young children. You will explore physical, mental, social and emotional factors that affect aspects of the health and wellbeing of children and investigate how health promotion strategies and campaigns operate to improve children’s outcomes.

Promoting Progress in Language, Literacy and Mathematics in the Early Years Build an understanding of the characteristics of children’s progress in language, literacy and mathematics. You will reflect on the theoretical underpinning of curriculum strategies and will actively explore how these strategies support children’s holistic progress in the early years, within an enabling environment.

Effective Leadership in Advanced Early Years Practice Learn what is required to effectively lead others. You will use knowledge gained to develop appropriate opportunities to effectively lead and manage a team in an early years setting.

Diversity, Difference and Inclusion in Early Years Settings Develop an understanding of how to promote a fully inclusive environment in early years settings to support the diverse needs of all children and their families. You will focus on promoting inclusion through the implementation of strategies in response to a critical review of current policies and practices.

Working with Families Learn about the importance of actively engaging with families to help children achieve their full potential. you will research current best practice to inform your work in developing and evaluating a range of partnership opportunities with children and their families

Entry Requirements

GCSE A-C in English and maths. Relevant level three early years qualification. Must be working at a supervisory role in an early years setting.

Assessment Method

Assessment strategies include linking theory to practice, case studies, presentations, group work and course work are used to assess your learning.

Your vocational practice will be assessed through observation, reports and a personal reflective log. At the end of the year you will be expected to present a portfolio of evidence.

Progression Opportunities

Move to higher learning such as a degree. Higher level employment.

Study Methods

This course will run on Tuesday evening 4.30pm until 9.30pm and also requires attendance on one Saturday per half term.

Delivery is through a combination of classroom teaching and practical work placements. Both of these elements are a compulsory part of the course.


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