Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practitioner

As a practitioner employed within the Early Years Workforce, this level 4 qualification aims to provide you with professional development opportunities. It will embrace the wealth of experience that you have already gained within the Level 3 Early Years Workforce, and challenge you in both your daily practice and theoretical understanding.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has start dates in September and will take one year to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

The content covers the age range from 0-5 years and includes the following areas:

  • Enabling Children to Learn
  • promoting Health and Well being
  • Working with others to support children with additional needs
  • Working with families and other professionals
  • Implementing change in an early years setting

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

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

You will produce portfolio of evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with statutory frameworks.

Other assessment methods include projects, presentations, observations, assignments and displays.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is a work-based qualification. You must be employed in an Early Years setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £811.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This course offers you the opportunity to progress onto the level 5 qualification such as the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services.

You will also be equipped to progress onto study at a higher level, for example a Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice at University Centre St Helens.

Although the qualification will not be eligible for UCAS points, it could provide evidence for a personal statement to enable students to enter Higher Education.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Marie Sephton



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““Completing a range of placements as part of my course prepared me for my career. I now work with children with special educational needs. ”

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Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

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