NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner




Health, Public Services and Care, Early Years Educator


The aim of the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner qualification is to support leadership and management skills in the 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 practices 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
•care routines
•professional development
•Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
•play for learning
•partnership working
•the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
•leading and managing
•health, safety, and well-being
•roles and responsibilities.

Delivery Methods

Keyplan College of Colombo provides various flexible delivery methods to its learners which include blended learning, online learning, distance learning, and in class. The learners can choose the mode of study as per their choice and convenience. Learners are able to:

  • All course material, including online modules and written assignments
  • Teacher support
  • KC Colombo online  portal ( 24/7 access to our user-friendly learning portal)
  • Assignments briefing
  • Excellent quality of study notes
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Online library.
  • Fully accredited UK courses
  • Dedicated customer support via chat, telephone, and email ( Monday to Friday)
  • Proper support to our students until they completed the course.


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The programme is available in 2 duration modes:

  • 18 Months
  • 24 Months

Course Delivery

  • Online

Entry Requirements

Learners should be at least 18 years old. It is also recommended Level 2 English and Mathematic

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

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


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

Module Structure

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

This section includes mandatory assessments of learning, which identify how learners’ work will meet the requirements of each unit. There are also examples of what could be included as portfolio evidence. EYSP 2 and EYSP 12 have specified mandatory approaches to assessment; please refer to the Assessment of Learning for more guidance around these two units.

Unit titleUnit typeLevelCredit
Manage care routines for childrenKnowledge/ Skills55
Lead practice in promoting the well-being and resilience in childrenKnowledge/ Skills57
Model positive behaviour in the early yearsKnowledge/ Skills55
Lead activities, experiences and educational opportunities to promote children’s speech, language and communicationKnowledge/ Skills55
Lead children’s early education and developmentKnowledge/ Skills54
Understand holistic child development from birth to 7 yearsKnowledge56
Developing children’s emergent literacy skillsKnowledge/ Skills33
Developing children’s emergent mathematical skillsKnowledge/ Skills34
Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the safeguarding of childrenKnowledge/ Skills56
Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in Early Years SettingsKnowledge/ Skills55
Champion equality, diversity and inclusionKnowledge/ Skills54
Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability in an Early Years SettingKnowledge/ Skills48
Work in partnership in Early Years SettingsKnowledge/ Skills44
Lead and manage a team within an Early Years SettingKnowledge/ Skills67
Develop, maintain and use records and reportsKnowledge/ Skills43
Quality provision in Early Years SettingsKnowledge/ Skills65
Promote professional developmentKnowledge/ Skills44
Review own knowledge of learning and development for early years practiceKnowledge/ Skills55


It is anticipated that learners will be able to progress within the Early Years Workforce or to higher education in a relevant subject area.


Who is it suitable for?

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

Learners undertaking the qualification would be working in job roles such as:

  • Manager
  • Deputy Manager
  • Room Leader/Supervisor
  • Leader with designated area of

Upon successful completion, learners can work as a Senior Early Years Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce across the private, voluntary and independent sectors, or progress to higher education in a relevant subject area.

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