Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children & Young People's Workforce - Early Years (Advanced Practitioner)
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About this course

Qualification Structure

This qualification is intended for senior practitioners, managers, deputy managers and assistant managers who work within early year's settings and wish to update their knowledge and gain a level 5 qualification.


There are two pathways; Management& Advanced Practitioner. You will have guidance as to the most suitable pathway to choose according to your job role.

Areas include:

  • Integrated Children's Centres
  • Creche
  • Approved Home Care
  • Out of School Settings
  • Day Nurseries
  • Family Centres
  • Playgroups


What will I learn?
These qualifications are designed to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating children's care, learning and development including those associated with leading teams and managing resources within an early years setting. This qualification will confer occupational competence to work in a management role.
Entry requirements
You will have to be working in an early years setting as a senior practitioner e.g. manager, deputy manager, and assistant managers. You will also be asked to complete a written initial assignment to the required level before we can accept you onto the course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

This qualification has been designed to;

  • extend and enrich learner understanding of the early year's sector
  • develop and enhance the practical leadership and management knowledge and skills required to manage change, lead service improvement and to embed best practice models
  • develop higher level thinking skills including reflection and critical analysis
  • encourage learners to value continued learning and remain in the learning process
  • cultivate in-depth knowledge of developmental and learning theory
  • establish good practice and knowledge in relation to needs based assessment and planning.

Competence based units;

There will be a combination of assessment methods for this qualification which meets the requirements of the competence units. Direct observation of candidate's performance by a qualified occupationally competent assessor and the assessor's judgment on testimony from an expert witness testimony are the main methods of assessment and main source of evidence. The evidence must at all times reflect the policies and procedures of the workplace as informed by current legislation, the relevant service standards and codes of practice for the sector.

Additional costs and information
You may want to buy study books, however as a student of Wiltshire College you will have access to e books via the e-study system.
What could I do next?
 Early Years and Childhood Studies Foundation Degree.