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Leading Children’s Early Years Education and Development

This course is designed to help Senior Practitioners develop a deeper understanding of professional practice in working with children aged 0-5 years.
4 or 5
7 weeks
Online Learning

You can complete the course as part of your continuous professional development, or in preparation for a higher-level apprenticeship or degree.

The course aims to develop your academic writing and research skills through contextualised learning that supports deeper understanding and enhances technical skills.

To apply for this fully funded course, you must live or work within the Greater Manchester area and be employed in an Early Years setting.

Download the course flyer here.

When does the course start?

24 March 2023



What does the course cover?

To achieve the qualification, you must complete the following mandatory unit:

  • Lead Practice that Supports Positive Outcomes for Child and Young Person’s Development – this unit supports holistic approaches to development and the impact of supportive environments

You must also complete one of the following optional units:

  • Coordinate Special Educational Needs Provision – this unit is designed for staff for whom this is part of their role, it aims to clarify the processes and explore the impact of the role
  • Lead and Manage a Community-Based Early Years Setting – this unit supports aspiring leaders, and those who are new to the role to develop their management techniques and strategies, and explore their responsibilities within their setting
  • Lead Children’s Early Education and Development – this unit is designed to enhance and deepen your understanding of children’s learning and development, exploring theories of learning, and enhancement techniques


What will I achieve?

You will achieve either a Level 4 or Level 5 in Leading Practice upon successful completion.

The level you achieve will depend on the optional units selected at enrolment. 


You will need to attend:

  • 6 three-hour virtual workshops (one per week)
  • 6 podcasts (one per week)
  • Complete a minimum of 4 hours self-study per week

You will be given the opportunity to attend weekly drop-in sessions for extra support if required.