NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner 601/8424/3



This course will enable you to demonstrate competency at work and to develop your skills and potential. There will be a mixture of theory and practical hands-on activities to help you learn throughout the course. The qualification will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills across key subject areas for example:

The content covers the age range from 0-5 years and includes the following areas:

• enabling children to learn
• promoting health and wellbeing
• special educational needs
• working with families implementing change
• The benefits of physical activity and the importance of diet, to the health and well-being of babies, children and their families.
• Learners will develop and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

On completion of this course you could go on to further study including Level 5 qualifications such as the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or higher level study, for example a Foundation Degree in Early Years. Although the qualification will not be eligible for UCAS points, it could provide evidence for a personal statement to enable mature students to enter Higher Education

What's Included?

Course Details

What will I study on the course?

You will need to complete 5 mandatory units to achieve this qualifications:

• EYAP 1: Enabling children to learn
• EYAP 2: Promoting health and well-being through physical activity and nutrition co-ordination in the early years
• EYAP 3: Working with others to support children with additional needs, including Special Educational Needs and Disability
• EYAP 4: Working with families and other professionals in early years settings
• EYAP 5: Implementing change in an early years setting incorporating a small scale research project

Work Placement

You will need to be working as a level 3 practitioner/ school role throughout the course. You will also need to be able to reflect on your setting and be able to implement change.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have a full level 3 childcare qualification and be employed, you will need a letter from your employers to confirm this. You must have at least Level 1 or an equivalent qualification in English, adult literacy or communications and Maths, adult numeracy or application of number. You must have a good standard of spoken and written English. You need to have proof of an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

How will I be assessed?

There are no written exams for this course. Instead you will build a portfolio which will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods.

How will I study?

You will have regular workshops and contact with your assessor via our E portfolio platform. You will also have to undertake independent learning and a small research task for one unit. 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 may progress within the workforce in the following job roles and responsibilities:

• SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) – for staff who are undertaking the responsibility of SENCO in the setting.
• PANCO (Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator) – for staff who are undertaking the responsibility of PANCO in the setting
• Internal progression at higher level including those with management responsibilities.
• Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.

How much does the course cost?

The course costs £895. 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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