Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years (4460)

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2015
The Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years can help you advance in the childcare and education fields. The qualification may be equivalent to the first year of a Foundation Degree.

You'll increase your understanding of children's health and development, and gain the skills and knowledge to manage a team - a great way to move into management roles or to continue your professional development.
A Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years is for anyone working in, or planning to work in, higher-level roles in childcare and education.

You'll need relevant work experience or a childcare qualification like a Level 3 S/NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You'll cover things like:

  • leading a team in an Early Years setting
  • the philosophy of childhood
  • managing children's health
  • child development.

A Higher Level Qualification helps you develop the skills to work at the very highest level in your industry. You learn with your training provider and apply your knowledge in a work setting.

The Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years is designed to fit around your working life - you can take the qualification part-time, and you can build up to the diploma by studying individual units separately.

You'll be assessed through practical demonstrations and written assignments.

Is this level right for me?

Level 4
You already work in the childcare or education profession - you want to continue in a senior role or develop your skills and knowledge to take the next step up.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years could help you move to a senior role in play therapy or nursery care or a range of related jobs, such as childcare inspector.

After taking this qualification, you could move on to a Foundation Degree in Management of Childcare Provision - the Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years  may be equivalent to the first year of a Foundation Degree.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

In order to offer the Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years, you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

For the Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years learners will complete practical demonstrations and written assignments.

Learners must have experience in the childcare or education industry, or a relevant qualification like a Level 3 S/NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.


Level 4

The Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years will suit you if you already work in the childcare or education profession - you want to continue in a senior role or develop your skills and knowledge to take the next step up.

You complete six core units, including:

  • Reflective practice in the Early Years sector
  • Managing the Early Years curriculum
  • Safeguarding the health and safety of children.

You choose six optional units from two groups. Sample units include:

  • Understanding finance for Early Years settings
  • Recruitment and selection in Early Years settings
  • Child development
  • Disability in the Early Years
  • Assistive technology and information and communication technologies in early years education.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years could help you move to a senior role in play therapy or nursery care or a range of related jobs, such as childcare inspector.

After taking this qualification, you could move on to a Foundation Degree in Management of Childcare Provision - the Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years may be equivalent to the first year of a Foundation Degree.

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years (4460-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2013

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years Awarded with Distinction

  • Accreditation No: 500/4185/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 480 - 480 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years Awarded with Merit

  • Accreditation No: 500/4185/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 480 - 480 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years Pass Level

  • Accreditation No: 500/4185/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 480 - 480 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

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Interested in delivering this qualification?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form