Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators in Early Years Setting - Level 3

Course Code: SC1EC228


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Start DateLocationDuration
14/09/2021Community Based15 WeeksEnquire

Course Overview

The Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) qualification is suitable for a Level 3 practitioner in a private, voluntary or independent setting.

All early years providers are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care. This is an important role to ensure the best possible educational outcomes are achieved for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The qualification is designed for those already working in a SENCo role as part of their Early Years Practitioner role, or those who are interested in doing so. This qualification is also appropriate for childminders.

The qualification will provide an understanding of the role and the responsibilities of the SENCO including legislation, an insight to the local offer and how this is a legal requirement along.  It will also look at how to the graduated approach within their settings to support children and families and support with the identification and referral of children.

The course is delivered remotely and runs over 8 weeks with 3 hours of scheduled contact time each week. You will be assigned a subject specialist course tutor who will deliver the live scheduled sessions. The tutor will also be available for weekly support and to guide you from the beginning to the completion of your qualification. 

Entry Requirements

We recommend you have at least 2 years' experience as a practitioner and are currently in practice, suitable for all roles (practitioner, room leader, management, childminder, etc).

No previous training or experience is required for this programme but you must be over 19 on the 31 August before the course start date.

Qualification Obtained

Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

This course will be delivered remotely through 1-1 support sessions.

Teaching will begin looking at the roles and responsibilities and working through to the funding implications of the role and SEN provision.

The session will include direct teaching combined with activities and analysis of the documentation attached to the SENCO role.

Discussions surrounding practice will raise confidence and provide opportunities to refine and share best practice.

It is expected that you will complete a minimum of 3 hours' independent study, each week, outside of the class to complete the assessment tasks which will be submitted electronically.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

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