NCFE CACHE Approved Training Centre: Level 3 SENCO

Childminding Matters are proud to be approved as an NCFE CACHE training centre. We received excellent in all categories in our most recent quality audit, with no actions!

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

We welcome queries from early years practitioners (childminders, pre-school staff, nursery workers etc) who work in a SENCO role or are interested in doing so. Please contact us to find out more: email or phone us on 01793 677522.

About the course

The Level 3 Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) qualification is for a Level 3 practitioner in a private, voluntary or independent setting. It is suitable for childminders and practitioners from group settings.

All early years 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 course is accredited by NCFE CACHE, who are the leading Awarding Organisation for the care sector. Full details on the diploma’s specification can be found here.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 16 or over. The course suits learners who envisage or currently have careers in such areas as healthcare, social work, nursing, counselling, early years and teaching.

All course materials are allocated to you on-line and therefore you must be able to use IT packages. You will need an internet connection and ability to use a word processing software (e.g. Word, Open Office) on your computing device.

Course Delivery

You do not need to take time away from your workplace to attend classes or workshops as we deliver this qualification through online learning. We use an award winning online teaching resource and e-portfolio system called Laser Learning, which your assessor will support you to use.

Learning Hours

The recommended total qualification time is 34 hours.  Please consider how you will fit this commitment and level of study time in before embarking on this qualification.  You are expected to complete the qualification within 3 months, but are likely to achieve sooner.

You must achieve a pass in all 2 mandatory units of this qualification:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in the early years
  • Strategies and techniques for supporting children and families

Both of the mandatory units are made up from learning outcomes and each learning outcome is linked to a number of assessment criteria.


This qualification is suitable for those interested in careers in the following areas:

  • Health and social care
  • Childhood studies
  • Community, youth and families
  • Social work
  • Early years
  • Primary teaching
  • Nursing

You could progress to higher learning in Special Educational Needs and other relevant sectors.

Interested? What next?

If you are interested in obtaining this qualification, please contact us so that we can determine the cost and any possible funding options that may be available to you. When you contact us, please let us know:

  • Do you currently work providing childcare in early years?
  • What is your job title?
  • What is the postcode of your childcare setting (or home if not yet working)?
  • Do you hold any childcare qualifications?

Either email us on or phone us on 01793 677522. We look forward to hearing from you.

Other CACHE accredited qualifications offered by Childminding Matters

In addition to the CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings, we also offer:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator – EYE): Click here for more information
  • Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner: Click here for more information
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

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