NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

The CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners working in the early years workforce at Level 3. This qualification will embrace the wealth of experience of the Level 3 early years workforce, and challenge learners in both their daily practice and theoretical understanding.

Upon achievement of the qualification, learners will be equipped as an advanced practitioner.

The advanced practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the early years workforce.

The qualification covers a range of early years topics at Level 4, including enabling children to learn, working with families and other professionals and implementing change, as well as specialist areas such as physical activity and nutrition and special educational needs.

Learners will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

Course Intake : September, January and April

Qualification Structure: Learners must achieve 5 mandatory units while undertaking a total qualification time of 196 hours. The total guided learning time is 151 hours.

  • Enabling children to learn
  • Promoting health and well-being through physical activity and nutrition coordination (PANCo) in the early years
  • Working with others to support children with additional needs, including Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Working with families and other professionals in early years settings
  • Implementing change in an early years setting incorporating a small scale research project

  • Assessment

    This qualification will be assessed using an e-portfolio of evidence.


    This qualification provides progression to a Level 5 qualification such as the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) if the learner is in a management position. It will also prepare learners for further study of early years in higher education

    Entry Requirements:

  • Learners must be at least 18 years of age
  • Learners must have completed a full Level 3 early years / childcare qualification
  • Learners should have an email account & access to a laptop with internet connection and a Skype account

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