Children’s Play, Learning and Development

BTEC Level 2 Certificate

Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Why should I study this course?

If you are seeking a career working with babies and children, this course will give you the basic knowledge and understanding of childcare and education. This sector is an ever-changing area which constantly requires new professionals to work within it.

The work experience takes place within our dedicated Health, Caring and Early Years environment. It is here that you will work in small teams and plan events and activities, carry out observations and support the promotion of children’s development. You will work with reception year children, three and four-year-old children from local nurseries and children who are looked after by childminders. These interactive sessions, which take place on a weekly basis, are unique to Wilberforce College.

They provide you with ‘hands-on’ experiences with a range of children of different ages and teach you the skills required to competently work in the early year’s sector. If you think you will enjoy working with children and see yourself working with children and families in the future, this is an ideal course to start your career.

What will I study?

  • The Principles of Early Years Practice
  • Promoting Children's Development through Play
  • Making Healthy Food Choices for Children
  • Health and Safety in Early Years Settings
  • Patterns of Child Development
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour

You will learn the importance of theory and practice in caring for and educating children from birth to 8 years. This will be achieved using a variety of methods, such as presentations, group tasks, case studies and practical sessions to support your learning. It is therefore important that you are able demonstrate these skills within the classroom. A big emphasis is placed on reflecting on your own experiences as children.

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by a range of externally set assignments which are marked internally and two externally set exams.

What will the course prepare me for?

On completion of this course you may be able to progress to the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) programme or employment as an Early Years Practitioner following an apprenticeship in the following settings; private day-care, children’s centres or as a children’s holiday rep within the UK.

Private study

You will be required to complete 2-3 hours independent study working on homework or assignment tasks each week to enable you to be successful.

What materials will I need to provide?

Apart from the usual materials needed to be a successful student you may wish to obtain a text book designed specifically for your course and/or a more general child development book.

How will I be taught?

Staff use a variety of methods such as presentations, group tasks, case studies and practical sessions to support your learning. A big emphasis is placed on reflecting on your own experiences as children.

This course is for you if... want to work with babies and young children and are prepared to work hard to achieve this goal:

  • As a first step towards a career in the Early Years sector
  • You want to work in an industry where there are a wide range of job opportunities available and there is the possibility of developing a career onwards and upwards

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What are the course requirements?

A minimum of two grade 3s (Ds) at GCSE or a minimum of a Pass in one BTEC Level 2 or equivalent.

A clean DBS Certificate is necessary for working with children (within the College environment).

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • To be able to demonstrate a passion for working with children
  • Effective communication skills
  • A willingness to work as part of a team including teachers and peers
  • Excellent attendance & punctuality
  • A caring nature and genuine interest in supporting holistic development
  • Be able to meet deadlines