Level 3 Certificate for SENCOs in Early Years (PVI sector)

The Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) is proud to have been an integral part of the development of this accredited course, working with colleagues from the DfE.

This is a nationally recognised qualification which is accessed via a virtual learning route and in partnership with local early years teams, depending on the location of your setting.

On successful completion of the course, you will gain a level 3 certificate for SENCOs in Early Years (PVI) and 13 Level 3 credits from Gateway Qualifications.

It is suitable for SENCOs in the Early Years PVI sector as well as for childminders

Course Delivery

The course is accessed online via laptop/tablet/phone. Depending on where your setting is located or in which area you are a childminder, the course can be accessed in partnership with your local LA or Borough Early Years team.

Course Content

The course is divided into ten chapters:

  1. Chapter 1: Pre Course
  2. Chapter 2: High Quality Practice
  3. Chapter 3: Participation & Engagement
  4. Chapter 4: Early Identification
  5. Chapter 5: Graduated Approach
  6. Chapter 6: Outcomes
  7. Chapter 7: Planning & Implementing Provision
  8. Chapter 8: Local Offer & Support from Other Professionals
  9. Chapter 9: Managing Transitions
  10. Chapter 10: Professional Development/Post Course Evaluation

Assessment is through practical activities carried out in your setting. These form a useful portfolio of work which is submitted through our Virtual Learning Platform. You will be able to access supervision from an experienced tutor to help you completed the portfolio work ready for assessment.

Benefits to you and your organisation
  • Successful completion of the course will ensure your setting is compliant with the requirement of the SEND Code of Practice (DfE 2015)
  • Having a qualified SENCO within your setting will improve practice overall and strengthen your discussions during inspection.
  • Staff working within your setting will benefit from your leadership of SEND and become more confident about their own practice in working with children with SEND and in engaging with their families.
  • Childminders will gain a high level of knowledge and understanding to help inform day to day work.
Entry Requirements

The course is open to those who are:

  • Currently in role as SENCO.
  • Intending to take up the role of SENCO.
  • Have an interest in aspiring to be a SENCO in the Early Years PVI sector in the future.
Our Partners

In order to deliver this qualification, we currently work in partnership with the following organisations:

Gateway Qualifications


Hertfordshire County Council Early Years Team


Herts for Learning


London Borough of Redbridge