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Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting (RQF)

  • Ofqual Regulated & Ofsted Recognised
  • Assessor Support
  • Instalment Plans Available
  • Recognised by Department for Education
  • Qual No: 610/2932/4
  • Limited time only- Free CPD Safeguarding Children Course
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About this Course

Our Level 5 Diploma is tailor-made to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to progress as a manager/senior practitioner in an Early Years setting. As a Senior Practitioner, you'll step into a leadership role where you'll master the art of nurturing young minds while ensuring top-notch care and education delivered by your staff members. 

Your Opportunities:

This versatile qualification opens doors to a world of possibilities, including:

    • Progression into senior practitioner or management roles within early years settings.
    • Advancement to higher-level apprenticeships or further study in early childhood education.
    • Specialisation in specific areas such as child development, inclusion, or leadership.

Engaging Learning Journey:

Your exciting journey involves close collaboration with colleagues, professionals, and parents/caregivers. Together, we'll inspire and motivate everyone with one ultimate goal: enhancing the lives of the little ones in our care.

Expert Guidance and Assessment:

You won't be alone on this adventure. An experienced assessor will be your compass throughout the course. Your progress will be measured through various interactive methods, including written assignments, real-life projects, engaging discussions, witness stories, and insightful observations.

Practical Learning with a Twist:

You'll dive into hands-on learning as you tackle assignments in this Ofsted-approved and TQUK-accredited Early Years program. Discover how to champion our youngest learners' health, safety, and well-being. Foster positive behaviours and create an environment where fun and safety go hand in hand.


Upon completing this course, you'll proudly receive the prestigious TQUK Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in Early Years Setting (RQF)- Ofqual regulated, Ofsted and Dfe recognised. 

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Why take this course?


You can look forward to a demanding career by achieving this foundation degree-level leadership qualification. There is a vast range of opportunities for people with this Ofqual and Ofsted recognised Level 5 Diploma. Learners undertaking the qualification would be working in job roles such as: Manager, Deputy Manager, Room Leader/Supervisor, Leader with a designated area.


Once completed, you will have achieved your TQUK Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting (RQF). You will receive an E-certificate and physical certificate (included in the price)


Candidates enrolling on to this course must meet the minimum age requirement of 19 years and above. Candidates should be working/volunteering in a suitable early years workplace in (or working towards) a managerial/leadership position, in order to meet the practical work experience requirements.

Why work in the early years sector?

Working in the early years sector is immensely rewarding. It's a chance to shape the foundation of a child's lifelong learning journey, impacting their development. Every day brings new challenges and opportunities for growth, and it's a field where your dedication and passion can truly make a difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Key Information

Course Duration

You can complete this Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting (RQF) qualification in just 15 - 18 months by engaging with your course assessor.

Course Location

The course is completed as an online distance-learning course and hosted on our online learning portal. You can complete your online course whenever and wherever you like, as long as you have an internet connection. You must be a resident of the UK for your assessor to visit you for an observation.

Course Support

Throughout your journey, your assessor will be available to support you on your course over the phone, by email and through our messaging system. All our assessors have years of experience working in early years settings and will have a full understanding of the EYFS. You will have technical support Monday to Friday 9am-6pm.


How it works

Step 1: Course Enrolment - you will need to complete a short enrolment and telephone induction to start


Step 2: Starting the course - your assessor will introduce themselves and issue you with your first assessment plan


Step 3: Submitting Work - when you have completed an assignment, you can upload it to your course portal for your assessor to mark your work and give you feedback. Feedback will be displayed on your portal and emailed to you for ease of reference


Step 4: Getting Help - when you need help, you can contact your assessor with questions any time as well as being able to get in touch with our customer support team between 9 am and 6 pm Mon - Fri


Step 5: Completion - once you and your assessor are confident that you have met the criteria in each unit, your portfolio goes into the IQA stage which takes approximately 9-12 weeks. After this stage, we will be able to claim your certificate.

How do I log into my course?

Approximately 15 minutes after purchase, you will receive your login details (Please check Spam folder) by email, including a link and instructions to log into your course. You can also find your learning portal by clicking on the ‘student login’ button on our website or by clicking here; lms.thelearningstation.co.uk. 

What units will I need to complete?

Learners must achieve 90 credits from 16 mandatory units.


Unit 1 -Developing high-quality teaching


Unit 2- Leading assessments and information sharing


Unit 3- Special educational needs, early interventions and partnership



Unit 4- Promoting emotional security and the development of



Unit 5- Developing children’s understanding and management of

their feelings and respect for others.


Unit 6- Valuing People, community and Environment


Unit 7 Leading Improvements in Health and Nutrition


Unit 8-Developing physiological, gross and fine motor skills


Unit 9- Raising the quality of hearing, listening and understanding


Unit 10- Research focus: raising outcomes for children


Unit 11-Leading progress in speech and phonics


Unit 12-Championing emergent literacy and mathematics


Unit 13-Leading Safeguarding and child protection


Unit 14- Leading safer recruitment, effective staff induction and

performance management


Unit 15-Effective management and partnership working


Unit 16 Ensuring compliance with health, safety, hygiene and

management of the premises

When will I have my induction?

You will get a call to arrange your induction within days of completing the enrolment process. the induction will go through your chosen course, advise on suitability, Help you choose your optional units, and pathways, explain what is expected from your work, provide training on the use of our system and answer any questions that you have. The Induction will take place over the phone.

When will my work get marked?

You can expect any work submitted to be marked within 14 days marking and feedback may take longer if you submit more than 3 assignments in a month.

Are there any classes or learning materials?

All our courses are delivered online so no Classroom learning, We have some learning resources but as our qualifications are vocational and work-based courses, you are expected to conduct research and gain skills, knowledge and understanding from your working environment. Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans, which may include guidance and materials, as well as provide constructive feedback on the work that you complete.

When will I hear from my tutor/assessor?

Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans with work to complete, as well as their contact information. Your assessor should respond to any messages from you within just 3-working days, but it is usually sooner. 

How will I be assessed?

This qualification requires an assessment of both competence and knowledge. Throughout your Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting course, you will be assessed through a variety of methods:

  • Written assignments and coursework
  • Having a manager or colleague complete a witness testimony of tasks completed in a workplace
  • Direct observations of you carrying out work-related tasks
  • Professional discussions over the phone
  • Supplying us with work product evidence.


When will I get my certificate?

On completion of your course, there are steps that we must take to quality assure your qualification to then send to the awarding organisation.

1. The Assessor must review your work in full before submitting it to our IQA, this usually takes around 2 weeks.


2. The IQA will review any requests within 1-months, but this is usually sooner. If there are actions on your portfolio it will be sent to the assessor for them to complete, and then these steps will be repeated.


3. Once the IQA has quality checked and approved your portfolio for external sampling by the awarding body, the office will submit the claim for your certificate within 5 working days.


4. The awarding body will usually issue a certificate within 2-weeks from this point; however, they may request sampling of your work, in which case it can be up to one month.


5. The usual duration is 2-3 months from completion.

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