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Level 5 QCF Diploma in Early Years and Childcare is designed for those with existing employment in the health and social care sector as a deputy manager, or an equivalent role at this level.

The programme focuses units on both care and managing to ensure that students are able to fulfil a managerial level role with an extensive understanding of the chosen pathway subject. The course also ensures that students are aware of, and maintaining any legal requirements with which they must comply.

The student will complete a selection of both mandatory and optional units, with each unit holding a different credit value. Students must gain a minimum total of 90 credits to be eligible to pass the course.

Pathways Available:

  • Level 5 CYP Advanced Practice
  • Level 5 CYP Early Years Advanced Practice
  • Level 5 CYP Management
  • Level 5 CYP Early Years Management
  • Level 5 CYP Residential Childcare

Mandatory Units

Delegates must complete all of the units in Group A in order to gain the necessary 24 credits for this section.
Delegates must complete all of the mandatory units in order to gain the necessary 64 credits for this section.

  • 501: Use and Develop Systems that Promote Communication.
  • 502: Promote Professional Development.
  • 503: Champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • 504: Develop Health and Safety and Risk Management Policies, Procedures and Practices in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings.
  • 505: Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings.
  • 506: Understand Child and Young Person’s Development.
  • 507: Lead Practice That Supports Positive Outcomes for Child and Young Person Development.
  • 508: Develop and Implement Policies and Procedures to Support the Safeguarding of Children and Young People.
  • 509: Lead and Manage Group Living for Children.
  • 510: Lead and Manage a Team within a Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Setting.
  • 511: Develop Professional Supervision Practice in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings.
  • 512: Lead Practice in Promoting the Well-Being and Resilience of Children and Young People. 

Optional Units

As well as the mandatory, delegates will also have a list of optional units, from which they must complete 16 credits worth. These optional units allow delegates to tailor the QCF to suit their chosen pathway.


Our QCFs are completed via e-portfolio, but all students will be assigned a dedicated assessor who will be on hand to provide support throughout the QCF via phone and email. The assessor team is there to help students work to the work to the best of their ability and complete the QCF in good time.

The e-portfolio is a collection of evidence submitted via our online portal, that verifies a students’ competence in their chosen units. This evidence comprises of a range of documents, varying from peer statements, presentations of evidence, and a series of question and answer sessions.

This evidence is usually collected via experience gained in the delegate’s workplace whilst they perform their usual working role and will cover a series of both competence and knowledge based units.


As assessment takes place in the workplace, students must be employed in a relevant vocational setting in order to enrol on the course.


Students can complete their QCF in a time that suits them as we do not have a set frame that students must adhere too. That being said, a good target time for completion time is around 9-12 months, although many of our students complete much sooner.

If a student needs to put their QCF on hold, we do require a letter of commitment to the QCF so that they may return to the programme at a later date.


For a full quotation, please call 0330 127 5323, or submit your enquiry using our web forms. We do offer monthly payment plans, and bulk discounts are also available for care homes looking to enrol multiple students.

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Please call and discuss the options available to you and your organisation. Payment plans are available for individuals and bulk discounts can be arranged for companies purchasing 3 or more QCFs.

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