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Early Years Educator
with SEND

The Government’s annual Childcare and Early Years Provider Survey of 2023 underscored a significant rise in the number of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within childcare and early years provision in England. Compliance with the SEND Code of Practice mandates clear policies for identifying and responding to children with SEND, with early identification prioritised.

The BeReady Level 3 Early Years Educator with SEND programme addresses this imperative by providing essential training to both new recruits and existing staff, empowering them to deliver exemplary care. What sets us apart is our holistic approach to SEND integration, ensuring it permeates every module of our programme.

With SEND responsibility becoming an ever-increasing part of the Early Years roles, this programme leads both to the Early Years Educator (Level 3) qualification and development of key SEND skillsets.

Discover how identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) early in a child’s life can pave the way for their success in education and beyond. Our programme will equip Early Years educators with the knowledge and tools to recognise and support SEND requirements from the outset, ensuring every child reaches their full potential.

Key facts

Qualification

Early Years Educator Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Programme duration

12/15/18 months

Mode of study

Work-based, predominantly online

Start date

Monthly start dates starting September 2024

Funding band

£7,000, funded via the Apprenticeship Levy

Entry requirements:

  • Employer agreement
  • Level 2 English and Maths (learners without these qualifications must achieve them prior to taking the End Point Assessment)
  • A valid and eligible residency status
  • Not currently undergoing any other Government funded training

 

An example breakdown of the course content is shown below, but exact modules and options may vary.

Course content

Overview

The curriculum  seamlessly blends theory with practical application, drawing from BeReady’s expertise to equip learners with the skills needed for the workplace.

Specifically tailored to meet the growing demand for professionals skilled in supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), our flexible programme ensures all participants gain essential knowledge and skills for providing top-quality care. 

Introduction

Module 1:

Preparation for apprenticeship study

Preventative approaches

Module 2:

SEND awareness in the Early Years

Building resilience and strengths

Module 3:

Navigating Early Years Education through Equality and Collaboration

Advice and signposting

Module 4:

Implementing Safeguarding Policies in Educational Environments

Managing referrals

Module 5:

Holistic Approaches to Early Learning: Play, Observation, and Environmental Design

Applying behavioural science

Module 6:

Understanding Risk in Child Development: Implications for practice

Implementing actions

Module 7:

Roles and Relationships in Childcare Settings

Communicating public health messages

Module 8:

Supporting Children’s Transitions through Attachment-Informed Approaches

Data management

Module 9:

Personal and Professional Conduct

Legal and ethical frameworks

Module 10:

Advocacy and Inclusion: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Every Child

Personal and professional development

Module 11:

Child-Centred Environments: Designing for Diversity and Inclusion

Apprenticeship portfolio development

Module 12:

Continuous Professional Development: Nurturing Reflective Practice

Module 13:

Preparation for EPA

Further information

Levy explainer

Clear explanations of how our apprenticeship courses are funded.

FAQ sheet

Answers to frequently asked questions on our apprenticeship courses.

Off-the-job training

Our guide to how easy it can be to satisfy off-the-job training requirements.

Early Years Educator with SEND course enquiry form