Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings

Awarding Body: CACHE (Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education)

Course Summary

The Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) qualification is for a Level 3 practitioner in a private, voluntary, or independent setting.

All early year’s 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. The qualification is designed for those already working in a SENCo role as part of their early year’s practitioner role, or those who are interested in doing so.

This qualification is also appropriate for childminders.

The areas covered in this qualification include:

  • explore the role and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in an early year setting
  • understand the strategies and techniques for supporting children and their families
  • increase knowledge of SEND codes of practice.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • progress to further and higher education
  • develop new practical skills in health and social care.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements, but centres may have their own guidelines.

How will I be assessed?

The completion of a work booklet that will be provided.


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

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