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Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare

Qualification title: Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare
Qualification type: Vocational Related Qualification
Level: 4
Accreditation status: Accredited
Credit Equivalency: 40
Qualification number (RQF): 610/0227/6
Progression routes: A Qualifi Level 5 qualification; Qualifi Level 5 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare; or into employment in an associated profession.
Availability: UK and international
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Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare
Course Overview

The rationale of the Diploma is to provide recognition for those who wish to develop their own abilities in
in the post 16 education and training sector including further education colleges, adult and community education providers, offender education, work-based learning providers, third/voluntary sectors and independent training organisations.

The qualification will enable learners to become independent, self-directed learners with tools and motivation to continue learning, developing and reflecting on practice throughout their careers.

It is also envisaged that all Qualifi centres will consider this qualification to extend their knowledge of teaching and to provide consistent, standardised assessment reports and appropriate feedback to learners.



  • Child development and enabling children to learn
  • Physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo) in early years
  • Supporting children with additional needs
  • Partnership working in early years settings
  • Implementing and evaluating change through a research project
  • Legal requirements in childcare



  • Assessing and planning for children’s changing developmental needs
  • Caring for babies
  • Caring for children through play out of school
Learning Outcomes
  1. Enable Learners to apply analytical and evaluative education and teaching principles in private and public places of learning.
  2. Enhance analytical, practical and evaluative skills relating to teaching and education across all sectors.
  3. Develop the Learner’s ability to recognise and reflect on the process of personal learning and development which facilitates the enhancement of key personal, sociable and other transferable skills.
  4. Encourage the Learner’s self-reflection, analytical, intellectual and transferable skills.
  5. Identify understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training.
  6. Understand how to plan to meet the needs of learners in education and training.
  7. Deliver education and training.
  8. Understand how to assess learners in education and training.
  9. Understand how to use appropriate resources for education and training.
Entry Requirements
  • This qualification is designed for learners who are employed in an early year setting who wish to upskill into an Advanced Practitioner role. Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners should be aged 18 or above to undertake this qualification.
  • Learners must already hold a full Level 3 early years/childcare qualification.
  • Centres are responsible for ensuring that this qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the learning outcomes and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of this qualification.
  • Learners registered on this qualification should not undertake another qualification at the same Level with the same or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding eligibility.
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