Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner

The aim of the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner qualification is to support leadership and management skills in early years and the knowledge and skills relating to the early years practice.

The Early Years Senior Practitioner will be a positive role model for the team. Through clear leadership and effective management, the Senior Practitioner will support and promote best practice within legislative requirements to enable quality provision. Working collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and parents/carers the Senior Practitioner engages and motivates all involved for improved outcomes for babies and children.

The areas covered in this qualification include:
• Quality environments
• Early years pedagogy
• Behaviour
• Care routines
• Professional development
• Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
• Safeguarding
• Inclusion
• Development
• Play for learning
• Partnership working
• The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
• Leading and managing
• Health, safety and well-being
• Roles and responsibilities

Who can take this qualification?

To be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills, your employee will need to be working in the role of Leader, Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles to be able to study for the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner.

What related qualifications are they able progress to?

It is anticipated that your practitioner will be able to progress within the workforce or to Higher Education in a relevant subject area.

How is this qualification structured?

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 90 credits from all 18 mandatory units.

How is it assessed?

All units will be internally assessed using an externally set and internally marked Assessment of Learning. EYSP 2 and EYSP 12 must be assessed using an externally set and internally marked task. A range of methods can be applied to other units, which could include: direct observation of practice, professional discussion, work product or a portfolio of evidence.

The Aspire Training Team’s Level 5 course allows you to make a real difference to the place where you work whilst progressing and developing your own knowledge and skill set.


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Course information:

Awarding body:
Course duration:
Approximately 24 -36 months
Course location:
The course is delivered across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those already working in the early years sector in a managerial role, as well as team members that may wish to develop their responsibilities or increase understanding through professional development.

Key facts:

  • Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner
  • Eligible for payment through the Advanced Learner Loan
  • Maths and English GCSE Grades A-C or Functional Skills equivalent required
  • Be over 19
  • Be in a senior role where you can make changes
  • Have a Level 3 Early Years qualification
  • Have several years’ experience

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To apply or find out more information about the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner – For Your Team course, please complete the form below, or call us on 01202 551553

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