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TQUK Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting


Learners will gain the knowledge and skills required to become senior practitioners in their early years. Through clear leadership and effective management, the senior practitioner supports and promotes best practices within legislative requirements to enable quality provision. Working collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, and parents or carers, the senior practitioner engages and motivates all involved for improved outcomes for babies and children.

The qualification is recognised by employers in the early childhood sector, signifying a high level of expertise and competence. It enhances professional credibility and may be required for certain senior positions.

Successful completion of the Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting qualifies individuals for senior practitioner roles, such as nursery managers, coordinators, or leaders in early childhood education. It opens doors to career advancement and increased responsibilities.

Delivery Methods

Austorah Tayba Education in association with its partner college based in London provides various flexible delivery methods to its learners, which include blended learning and online learning.

Learners are able to:

  1. Access All course materials, including online modules and written assignments,
  2. Gain teacher support.
  3. Access our partner college online portal (24/7 access to our user-friendly learning portal).
  4. Acquire Assignments Briefing
  5. Receive excellent-quality study notes.
  6. Obtain assignment marks and feedback.
  7. Gain a fully accredited UK certificate.
  8. Receive dedicated customer support via chat, telephone, and email (Monday to Friday).
  9. Gain full support until the completion of the course.


Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting programme is available in 2 duration modes:

  • 12 Months (Fast Track)
  • 15 Months


This Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting is accredited by Ofqual awarding body.

Course Delivery

  • Online
  • Blended

Entry Requirements

  • There are no specific entry requirements however learners must be 18 years and above.
  • Learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

Module Structure

Learners must achieve 90 credits from all mandatory units. Additionally, they must achieve 16 credits from optional units.


Mandatory UnitsLevelCredit
Agreed Ways of Working in Care Settings56
Developing high quality teaching55
Leading assessments and information sharing56
Special educational needs, early interventions and partnership working56
Promoting emotional security and the development of character55
Developing children’s understanding and management of their own feelings and respect for others.56
Valuing people, community and environment55
Leading improvements in health and nutrition55
Developing physiological, gross and fine motor skills56
Raising the quality of hearing, listening and understanding56
Research focus: raising outcomes for children56
Championing emergent literacy and mathematics56
Leading safeguarding and child protection56
Leading safer recruitment, effective staff induction and performance management56
Effective management and partnership working55
Ensuring compliance with health, safety, hygiene and management of the premises55

Who is it suitable for?

The Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting is suitable for individuals who already have experience in the early years sector and are looking to advance their careers into leadership and senior management positions.

This diploma is specifically designed for those who aspire to take on roles with increased responsibilities and contribute to the overall management and success of early childhood settings.

What could this qualification lead to?

The TQUK Level 5 Diploma for Senior Practitioners in an Early Years Setting can lead to various career advancement opportunities and professional outcomes within the early years sector. Here are some potential pathways and outcomes for individuals completing this diploma:

  1. Senior Leadership Roles:
    • Graduates of the Level 5 Diploma are well-prepared for senior leadership roles within the early years sector. This may include positions such as nursery managers, early childhood coordinators, or directors of childcare centres.
  1. Management Positions:
    • Individuals with the diploma may qualify for management positions overseeing the day-to-day operations of early childhood settings. This could involve responsibilities related to staff management, resource allocation, and overall organisational management.
  1. Strategic Planning and Development:
    • The advanced skills acquired in strategic planning and development can open doors to roles where individuals contribute to the long-term vision and growth of early-year organisations.
  1. Quality Improvement Initiatives:
    • Graduates may lead and implement quality improvement initiatives within early childhood settings. This involves monitoring and enhancing the quality of care, education, and overall practices.
  1. Professional Development Leadership:
    • Individuals with the Level 5 Diploma may take on leadership roles in professional development initiatives, providing training, mentorship, and support to other practitioners within the early years sector.


It is anticipated that learners will be able to progress within the Early Years Workforce or to higher education in a relevant subject area.


Tutor-marked assignments and workplace observations.

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