Advanced childcare practice and management diploma

This level 4 diploma is aimed at practitioners who are currently working at level 3 and looking to develop their managerial skills to support career progression. Please note that this is a diploma only, student loan funded course.

Course overview

At a glance

Level

4

Duration

12 months

Location

Home / Workplace

About the course

The advanced childcare practice and management diploma aims to build on the skills and experience gained in your level 3 apprenticeship, enhancing your understanding of how children learn and develop while supporting you to develop your knowledge of the policies, legislation, and legal requirements of childcare settings.

You will build on your previous knowledge of working in a childcare setting and begin to look at this from a leadership perspective.

You will also develop your study skills in research and assignment writing, making this an ideal steppingstone for anyone wishing to progress further with their education.

Is this course right for you?

The advanced childcare practice and management diploma is ideal for practitioners who have already obtained their full level 3 certificate and are looking to bridge the gap in skills and knowledge before undertaking their level 5 early years lead practitioner apprenticeship.

It is designed for level 3 practitioners who are not necessarily in a leadership role but would like to develop their knowledge and skills to take the next step in their career.

What you’ll learn

Key learning topics covered during this diploma include:

Mandatory phases:

  • Understanding child development and how children learn
  • Supporting programmes that promote children’s development / longitudinal studies
  • Legal requirements and legislation in childcare
  • Partnership working
  • Leadership, management, and supervision

You will also need to complete one of the following units:

  • Working with babies 0-18 months
  • Play for out of school / holiday provision
  • Care of 2-year-olds
  • Carrying out a research project

How you’ll learn

Our sector expert staff will support you to achieve this diploma.

We have highly skilled and knowledgeable trainers with significant experience of working in the industry who will be able to support you in your journey.

We deliver the programme throughout the year providing you with the flexibility to start the diploma when it meets your needs. All learning is delivered on a 1-2-1 basis, so you have the best experience possible with sector experts.

Our delivery model includes:

  • 1-2-1 sessions with your tutor
  • Professional webinars with the likes of Anna Ephgrave, Kym Scott, The Curiosity Approach and Laura Henry-Allain
  • Remote support
  • Ongoing mentoring, coaching, advice and guidance
  • Impartial information, advice and guidance

Need more information?

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Our experts

The people that make it happen

Shelley

Trainer assessor

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Shelley

Trainer assessor

I am a qualified trainer assessor for childcare. My experience is within early years settings, where I was a nursery manager, room leader and deputy. My experience, gained in the last 25 years, has given me the passion and commitment to give something back and be that trainer for my specialist subjects.

I have come a long way in my current role, my confidence has grown with Realise, I am delivering many webinars across the early years educator and teaching assistant standards. I always look forward to seeing my learners going into gateway and achieving their apprenticeships which makes me feel like a very proud trainer when they do.

Nola

Trainer assessor

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Nola

Trainer assessor

I am a Childcare Trainer with over 22 years experience in Childcare. I have had varied roles and experience including; working in a school, private day nursery, special educational needs support and Children’s & Young People’s Services before becoming an Assessor. I have been assessing for 12 years, I specialise as a Safeguarding Deputy.

Nicola

Trainer assessor

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Nicola

Trainer assessor

I’m a qualified childcare trainer who has 10 years’ experience within the industry. I have a degree in childhood studies and I spent three years prior to that working in a nursery working my way up from nursery nurse to deputy manager before making the leap into education – where I’ve never looked back. I love supporting others to achieve their goals within childcare.

Lindsey

Curriculum lead

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Lindsey

Curriculum lead

I am a passionate and motivated trainer who loves to help others become the best that they can be. I am a qualified teacher and have worked in all aspects of the childcare sector from being a nanny to nursery settings. I love developing curriculum and supporting learning as part of my job role!

Mandy

Trainer assessor

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Mandy

Trainer assessor

I am into my 13th year as a Trainer Assessor, i have experience of managing 2 private day nurseries and have a lot f passion for childcare. I want to be able to share that passion with apprentices and help to teach and guide them into being .competent practitioners. I am also a qualified Paediatric First Aid trainer and deliver this alongside the standard qualifications.

Claire

Trainer assessor

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Claire

Trainer assessor

I did my NVQ level 3 in childcare, then worked my way up to a management role, I then trained as an assessor and I have been assessing in childcare for 11 years now, I absolutely love the role!

Leah

Trainer assessor

Kerry

Trainer assessor

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Kerry

Trainer assessor

I am a trainer assessor within Realise. I have 14 years of practical experience in early years, this has come from being a childminder in my own home, working within a nursery as a practitioner, offering 1:1 SEN support before progressing to a Nursery Manager, and then deciding to move to the education side of childcare. I hold a level 3 childcare qualification, Early Years Foundation Degree in Early Years and a BA Hons in Childhood Studies. I am very passionate about childcare and proud that I part of upskilling the sector

Tracey

Trainer assessor

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Tracey

Trainer assessor

I have been a qualified childcare trainer assessor for 15 years, prior to this I gained 10 years’ experience as a practitioner as well as management in early years. I have a degree in education as well as quality assurance qualifications and more recently qualified to deliver first aid.

Frequently asked questions

What is a level 4 early years qualification?
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The level 4 early years diploma is a programme designed to create outstanding early years educators and leaders. It is the ideal programme for those working with young children who aspire to take on more of a leadership role within their setting.

What jobs can I do with a level 4 in early years?
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With a level 4 in early years, you could be:

  • Room Leader
  • Deputy Manager
  • Nursery Manager
  • SENCO
  • Safeguarding Lead
How long does a level 4 early years diploma take?
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Typically, this level 4 Advanced Childcare Practice and Management diploma will take 12 months to complete.

How do I qualify for level 4 early years?
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Learners should complete a full level 3 apprenticeship before undertaking the level 4 Advanced Childcare Practice and Management.

How would I pay for this course?
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The level 4 advanced childcare practice and management diploma is a student loan funded course. You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan through the Government and our experienced team can support you through your application.

You need to be 19 years or older when your course starts and you need to live in the UK. However, there are no credit checks to go through and your eligibility does not depend on your current income.

You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you earn above the threshold.

To find out more about how the Advanced Learner Loan could help support your career progression, contact us today.

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