Level 4 Courses

NCFE CACHE Level 4 Award in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Leadership and Management in the Early Years 603/4888/4



Building on the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings, this qualification offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is aimed at Level 3 Early Years practitioners in a private, voluntary or independent setting. The qualification is designed for those already working in a lead SENCO role as an Early Years practitioner and who wish to increase confidence in relation to leadership and management progression.

What's Included?

Course Details

What will I study on the course?

Learners will be prepared for leadership and management in specific aspects of the SENCO role. Learners must achieve all 3 mandatory units;

• Unit 1: Leading effective practice in the role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) within Early Years Settings
• Unit 2: Evaluate Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) provision for effective practice within an Early Years Setting
• Unit 3: Lead change to inform Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) provision in an Early Years Setting

Work Placement

Learners must be working as an early years practitioner in a SENCO or SEND related role or be in a position where they are able to evidence achievement of specific knowledge and skills required of a lead role.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be aged 19+ and working as an Early Years practitioner in a lead SENCO or SEND related role.

How will I be assessed?

This qualification will be internally assessed through a portfolio of evidence.

How will I study?

You will have regular one to one workshops and contact with your assessor via our E portfolio platform. You will have the resources for self study and to help you produce a portfolio of evidence. There is no set start date – you can enroll throughout the year and complete the course at your own pace to meet your individual needs. It should take approximately six months to complete.


Learners can progress to leadership & management roles and responsibilities within special educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) related roles in an early years setting.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is £750 inclusive of all one to one teaching & support, access to our E learning platform & resources and certification. We have a flexible payment plan available so you can pay in installments.

How do I apply?

We welcome applications from mature students. Please click here to apply or download an application form here, once we have received your application form, we will contact you to attend an interview either in person or via Zoom

Want to know more?

Call Lisa on 077930 55880 or contact us today to get all the information you need about this programme and how to apply.


I have worked with Lisa over many years first when she was my assessor studying my Level 3. Lisa was fantastically supportive and encouraging; she built up my confidence, inspiring me to train as an assessor myself and she also mentored me during this training. I continued to work as a nursery practitioner, eventually moving onto the role of Deputy Head. While fulfilling this role, I studied my Level 4 with Lisa, bringing Lisa and Suzanne into my setting to train 5 candidates in their Level 2. I am now the Head of the nursery and value the training that I received from both Lisa and Suzanne, and would encourage all my students to study with them. The 5 candidates have developed and become competent members of the team and I am looking forward to continuing to train my future students with Lisa and Suzanne.

Georgina Lesser

I just want to thank you so much Suzanne for believing in me and helping me so much these last two years. I couldn’t have done my Level 2 without your support.
Thank you! I will be in touch about my level 3.

Olivia - Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner Level 2

I would highly recommend Premier Early Years Training. All the team are professional and very supportive. They took on two of our students who were struggling with their CACHE level 3 qualifications and have done a remarkable job supporting them through their qualifications. They are an extremely diverse and inclusive training provider

Tez from Kiddo Nurseries

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole 9 months on the course and felt it fitted really well into my time, the classes were flexible and were arranged around a mutually convenient time for all.

There is no doubt that both Lisa and Suzanne made this a lovely experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them in their roles in Early Years Training. I wish them lots of luck in their new venture, and who knows if I decide to do Level 3, I’ll definitely see if they’ll have me!


"I want to thank you both for giving me the opportunity to get a level 3 in children's education. Thank you for believing in me and supporting me. English is the third language for me, but I tried very hard to fulfil all the tasks. During these three years, I have acquired not only knowledge and skills in the field of children's education, but also improved my vocabulary and grammar and my computer skills.
I understand a lot and learned a lot during these three years and I will definitely put into practice all my knowledge and skills.
Thank you so much again for everything"

Tatyana - Early Years Educator Level 3

"Thank you Premier! You have been amazing with the support and encouragement you have provided for me from the online tutorials to the layout of the course materials.
It has been a learning experience for me and I have already been in discussion with my new employer regarding how I would like to proceed with my qualification in my new role.
You never realise how much you do on a daily basis through everyday practice and when you come to put it to paper we work hard as SENCo's, but what a rewarding experience when you know you have helped so many children in their journey"

Sarah - SENCO Level 3 Award

Suzanne was my tutor when I was studying at a local sixth form college for my Level 1 health & social care award. We all enjoyed Suzanne’s classes because she made learning fun again.
Suzanne was a great tutor because she explained things properly. She made us feel important. She supported us with everything and encouraged us to push further. Suzanne listened to us in depth and really took in what I needed help with. Our class felt like a family.
I wish Suzanne all the very best for her new training business.


I have worked as a course coordinator in Childcare and a tutor of Childcare with Lisa as our IQA for over 3 years. In that time I have found Lisa Tray to be an excellent IQA. She is knowledgeable, attentive , flexible and approachable. If I contact her with a question she gets straight back to me and is patient. She is non-judgemental and always offers suggestions and identifies any required actions. She is well organised and has supported us well during and through to the end of each qualification we have delivered.
She will always go that extra mile.
I am glad the Lisa is going to continue working with us.



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