Early Years Level 4

  • Course Code: ABC008
  • Award Level 4

Pursue your career in Early Years Child Care, from home!

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a curriculum framework that has been compulsory in all child care settings in the UK since 2008, as stipulated by the Child Care Act 2006.

This course helps you to develop sound knowledge of how to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. It aims to equip you with the necessary skills to manage all aspects of children’s learning and development from birth to the age of 5.

As such, this course is suited to those aiming to work in a supervisory or management-level position in childcare, as well as those who wish to start their own Child Care business.

This Early Years Level 4 course will cover the following aspects of the EYFS: 

  • Satisfying the regulations for health, safety and well-being of children in the early years;
  • Offering a child-centred approach to care in the early years;
  • Creating an enabling environment for young children and families;
  • Maintaining effective communication and positive leadership.

Course Content


  • Unit 1: A child-centred approach in the early years 
  • Unit 2: An enabling environment for children and families
  • Unit 3: Communication and positive relationships within the early years
  • Unit 4: Early education for children
  • Unit 5: Health, safety and well-being of children in the early years
  • Unit 6: Leadership in the early years



You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 100 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post, as well as tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.  ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.   As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Course Questions and Answers

Q: What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Student record bag
  • Study guide
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Accreditation
  • FREE NUS student discount card
  • FREE CV writing service

Q: Do I have to sit an exam?

No. Your certification is issued based on your tutor-marked assignments.

Q: Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

Q: What do I do if I still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

Reviews for this course

"You can learn in your own time "
Gillian Ama Celestin, South Ockendon

I wanted to study Early Years Level 4 because I wanted to start a nursery and needed to learn about the legislations and how to manage and run the early years setting. The best thing about studying with the Open Study College is that you can learn in your own time and complete the course as fast or as slow as you want. Tutor support has been helpful so far. The study material has everything so you dont need extra books, just extra research online and links to websites are provided. I am enjoying my course and would recommend it to a friend. I started my course on the 13th April 2015, there are 6 units to complete.

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