Level 4 HNC in Early Childhood Education and Care


The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Early Childhood Education and Care is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in early education and care and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them, including through apprenticeship routes.



You will study units including:

  • Personal and Professional Development through Reflective Practice
  • Protecting Children in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments
  • Play and Learning in Early Childhood
  • Supporting and Promoting Children’s Development (Babies and Toddlers)
  • Supporting and Promoting Children’s Development (Young Children)
  • Promoting Healthy Living
  • Preparing for Research (PEARSON-SET UNIT)
  • Promoting Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care Environments

You will need to have successfully completed studies at Level 3.  You should also hold at least a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English and Maths and you should have some experience of working either voluntarily or in employment within the sector.

Students will be required to apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher level thinking skills. Assessment reflects not only what the student knows but also what he or she can do to succeed in employment and higher education in an ethical manner. This will be be assessed through a range of methods including; presentations, discussions, work placement performance, practical assessments, research projects and written assignments.

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care includes a requirement of 375 hours’ work placement or experience in children’s early care and/or education settings over the one-year period of the qualification.

The course will run in college, 1 day per week for 30 weeks.

You will need to study outside of your college time therefore you will need to develop independent learning skills.  All assignments and research will be completed outside of college although you may be asked to take part in different types of assessment towards your overall grade in the classroom.

Students can develop their careers in early education and care through:

  • Entering employment;
  • Continuing existing employment;
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD);
  • Completing a Higher Apprenticeship
  • Progressing to Level 5 (HND)

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