Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings

The Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings program is a recognized qualification designed to cater to the needs of individuals working in the field of early childhood education. Specifically, it targets those who are interested in or currently working as Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) within early years settings.

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      Programme Overview

      The program aims to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to effectively carry out the responsibilities associated with being a SENCO in an early years environment. It acknowledges the unique challenges and demands that arise when supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during their early developmental stages.

      The Level 3 Award program encompasses a comprehensive range of topics relevant to the role of a SENCO. Participants will delve into key aspects such as legislation and policy frameworks surrounding special educational needs, identification and assessment of individual needs, planning and implementation of appropriate interventions, and collaboration with other professionals, parents, and caregivers.

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        Who is this course for:

        • Candidates interested in the special education department of Early Years settings
        • Candidates aspiring to enter the management of the SEN department
        • Candidates currently working as Learning Support Assistants or aspiring to become LSA/Shadow Teachers

        Minimum Eligibility

        • Candidates who are proficient in English language skills, both written and oral.
        • Candidates must be 21 years and above.
        • Candidates who possess a high school diploma or equivalent qualification.

        Job Opportunities

        This qualification is suitable for those interested in pursuing careers in the following areas:

        • Health and social care
        • Childhood studies
        • Community, youth and families
        • Social work
        • Early years
        • Primary teaching
        • Nursing

        Top Skills you will Learn

        • Enhanced Understanding of SEND Codes of Practice
        • Early Identification and Responsive Action for Children with SEND
        • Understand the graduated approach in an Early Years setting
        • Effective Strategies and Techniques for Supporting Children and Families
        • Development of Employability Skills

        About NCFE

        NCFE is an international, educational awarding organisation that designs, develops, and certifies diverse, recognised qualifications and awards in the UK. It’s a registered educational charity that has been dedicated to learning for over 150 years.

        NCFE originally stood for Northern Council for Further Education, but it dropped the full name in the 1990s. Now known simply as NCFE. It’s the UK’s longest established awarding body, as well as one of the UK’s fastest growing, which means it’s highly respected for its professionalism and quality.

        Progression and Career Path

        The Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings program offers a clear progression and career path for participants. Graduates of the program can pursue various opportunities for advancement and specialization within the field of special educational needs in early years settings. Here are some possible progression and career paths:

        • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
        • Early Years Practitioner with Special Educational Needs Focus
        • Specialist Support Practitioner
        • Progression to Higher Education
        • Leadership and Management Roles

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