Childcare & Early Years
  • Location
    Off Site
    1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018

* People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Please call our Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344

Awarding organisation

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children and Young People's Workforce - Early Years

Summary of course

This programme is developed for managers or advanced practitioners to extend and enrich understanding of the early years sector. You will develop and enhance the practical leadership and management knowledge and skills required to manage change, lead service improvement and to embed best practice models. Developing higher level thinking skills including reflection and critical analysis, this will also assist you to establish good practice and knowledge in relation to needs based assessment and planning.

The programme is broken down into a set of mandatory and optional units that all candidates will be required to cover. These will be selected by the employer, the staff member and the assessor to tailor the qualification to suit your job role.

Below are some of the mandatory units covered in the qualification:

  • Lead practice that support positive outcomes for child and young person development
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the safeguarding of children and young people
  • Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people's settings
  • Use and develop systems that promote communication
  • Promote professional development
  • Lead and manage a team within a children and young people's setting

Optional units may include:

  • Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility
  • Facilitate coaching and mentoring in health and social care or children and young people's settings
  • Facilitate change in health and social care or children and young people's settings
  • Manage quality in health and social care or children and young people's settings
  • Develop provision for family support


  • Honours degree in Early Years
  • Early Years Professional Status

How is the course assessed?

Evidence is collected in a portfolio and will include workplace observations, professional discussions, witness testimonies, oral and written questions and other evidence as appropriate to the job. Candidates will have a dedicated assessor to guide and support them through the process.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are employed as a manager or advanced practitioner in an Early Years setting for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Entry Requirements for new students

Hold a relevant Level 3 qualification. GCSE at Grades A*-C in mathematics and English. Employed in a management capacity within an Early Years setting.

General Info (materials required for the course)

The duration of the course is 24 months and the programme is delivered at the candidate's place of work.

Benefits to company:

  • Meet with legislation

Benefits to individual:

  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Gain knowledge and skills from a leadership/managerial viewpoint

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  • call us on 01604 734 323
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Course fee information

We are planning to offer this programme from September 2018. The full details for the 18/19 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2018. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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