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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
13.2 Direct Learning Support
Credits:
13
Qualification No:
603/3434/4
GLH:
30 hours
Total qualification time:
130 hours
Price:
£67.50 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification purpose

Confirm occupational competence and/or ‘licence to practice’

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The Children and Families Act 2014 states that all Early Years settings including those in the private voluntary independent (PVI) sector must have a Special Educational Need Coordinator (SENCO). The role and remit of the Early Years SENCO is outlined in chapter 5 of the SEND Code of Practice (DfE 2015)

    The Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) hosted by Herts for Learning Ltd, has been part of a DfE working group which met over a series of months to define both the job role and a qualification specification for the Early Years SENCO in the PVI sector.  This was published by the DfE in March 2018.

    The DfE qualification specification sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills needed in order to perform the Early Years SENCO role effectively in the PVI sector.

    The overall purpose of this qualification is to ensure that SENCOs in the Early Years (PVI) including childminders have a high level of knowledge and skill and can demonstrate confident and appropriate practice in relation to their duties, as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (DfE 2015 chapter 5).

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.


    Units

    Mandatory Group

    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.

    Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings

    Level:
    Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    13
    Unit No:
    Y/617/1446
    Click here to view full unit details

    Tutor/assessor requirements

    Tutors must be fully qualified and experienced educational practitioners knowledgeable about both SEN and Early Years practice in either maintained and/or the PVI sector.


    Internal quality assessor requirements

    The internal quality assurance process must include active participation of educational practitioners who are knowledgeable about SEN practice, familiar with the expectations of the Early Years SENCO outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (DfE 2015 chapter 5) and able to recognize good Early Years practice in the PVI sector.


    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The Children and Families Act 2014 states that all Early Years settings including those in the private voluntary independent (PVI) sector must have a Special Educational Need Coordinator (SENCO). The role and remit of the Early Years SENCO is outlined in chapter 5 of the SEND Code of Practice (DfE 2015)

    The DfE specification states that SENCOs in the Early Years PVI sector access learning at level 3 and gain a certificate as an outcome of their studies.

    The overall purpose of this qualification is to ensure that SENCOs in the Early Years (PVI) including childminders have a high level of knowledge and skill and can demonstrate confident and appropriate practice in relation to their duties outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (DfE 2015 chapter 5).

    The Government published an Early Years Workforce Strategy as part of the agenda to enhance the quality of knowledge and skills of the Early Years Workforce.

    This qualification builds the sector capacity in relation to children with SEND by providing a dedicated level 3 certificate for those wishing to extend their learning and or for those who are acting as SENCOs or who aspire to do so within a setting or childminder context.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    Those set out in the DfE Level 3 Early Years SENCO Qualification Specification: SEN identification and early action; the role of the SENCO; supporting colleagues in their work with children with SEN; liaising with external professionals and agencies;


    Which job roles does this qualification support?

    The qualification has been designed to match the core competencies of the role of Early Years SENCO in a PVI setting, as determined by DfE.


    Progression & entry requirements

    There is no requirement for learners to have achieved prior qualifications or units prior to taking this qualification. There is no requirement for learners to have prior skills, knowledge or understanding.

    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    How to Use: Find a learning Aim


    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.