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Special Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings NCFE CACHE Award Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    The Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) qualification is for a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner or Early Years Teaching Assistant in reception, or 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 and 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 SEND.
  • What you'll learn

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    This qualification aims to:
    - explore the role and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in an early years setting
    - understand the strategies and techniques for supporting children and their families
    - increase knowledge of SEND codes of practice
    - assist you in engaging in SENCO role by completing tasks in setting
  • Entry requirements

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    You need to hold a Level 3 Early Years EYE qualification, or Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification and be in employment within the Early Years/Education Sector.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be provided with tasks to complete in setting to encourage engagement within a SENCO role and form part of our formative assessment of your learning. There are two mandatory units, where assignment based writing and reflective writing is required. Each assignment for the two units are available electronically and must be submitted online on or before the submission dates provided by your tutor.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    The qualification is designed for those already working in a SENCo role as part of their level 3 early years practitioner/teaching assistant role, or those who are interested in doing so. Attendance is extremely important to ensure you receive the full benefits of the course. The assignments that form part of the assessment are online and therefore you must have access to a computer and the internet at home. You are required to participate in class activities, as well as carry out tasks within your setting. The course runs for 20 weeks with sessions delivered fortnightly to give you the opportunity to implement the tasks set in setting. Classes do not run during half term and termly holidays.

    The course fees are £225 and are payable upon enrolment. If your employer is paying for this course on your behalf, please provide a letter on letter headed paper from your employer confirming their agreement to pay for the course when you come to enrol. The college will then send an invoice to your employer.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact our Early Years Team by emailing:
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 02 March 2023. Last class: 08 Jun 2023
    • Thursday : 18:00 - 21:00
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £225.00

    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    Upon achievement of this qualification, learners will be able to progress to higher learning in Special Education Needs and other relevant sectors.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    Your course tutor will provide opportunities for 1:1 meetings to discuss your progress on the course. You will receive in-depth valuable feedback on both formative assessments and your written assignments to help you throughout your learning journey.
  • Enrichment

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    Guest speakers within special educational needs roles are invited to deliver a discussion regarding SEN in early years. You will be advised on settings to visit that provide specialist care for children with SEND. You will also be given the opportunity to sign up with Nasen, an organisation that provides resources, activities and support for those working with children with special educational needs.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    18:00 - 21:00
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    12 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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