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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 Sector.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    A non-mandatory internal assessment task may be provided to be completed at the end of the qualification. This qualification does not include an external assessment. 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 recieve 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 ten weeks, however classes do not run during half term and termly holidays.

    The course fees are £225 and are payable upon enrollment. 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 on 01204 48 2263 or via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Complete the online application form. You will then be contacted by telephone to discuss the entry requirements for the course. You may be asked to evidence your Level 3 qualification. You will then be invited to enrol.

    If you have any further questions or would like more information, please contact our Admissions Team on 01204 48 2195 or Early Years Team by email with
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £225.00
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How to apply?

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    Apply online by completing an application form. You will then be contacted for a telephone interview. Alternatively, for further information you can email the Programme Leader:
  • Additional Information

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    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, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. 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 you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document 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.

    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 email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on 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, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

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

  • Duration:

    10 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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