Children’s Play, Learning and Development

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Why should I study this course?

If you can visualise yourself working with children and families, this engaging course will prepare you for a future working within a range of childcare contexts.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of childcare and education so that you develop the qualities required to work in the Early Years sector. This will include learning about child development, play, physical care needs and health and safety. You will also need to complete 750 hours of vocational training in a range of early years settings. This could take place within various organisations, private day nurseries, children’s centres and schools.

You may then progress to Higher Education or Teacher Training, including a range of degree programmes. Alternatively you could gain employment within the Early Years sector as an Early Years Practitioner.

What will I study?

Unit 1: Children’s Development. Examination 1hr 45mins.

Unit 2: Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills. Exam 3 hrs

Unit 3: Play and Learning

Unit 5: Keeping Children Safe

Unit 6: Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs

Unit 7: Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Unit 8: Working with Parents and Others in Early Years

Unit 9: Observation, Assessment and Planning

Unit 10: Reflective Practice

Unit 11: The Early Years Foundation Stage

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How is the course assessed?

Unit 1 is assessed by an externally set and marked exam. Unit 2 is assessed by synoptic assessment, an externally set assignment. All other units are assessed by assignments that are internally marked and internally moderated

What will the course prepare me for?

The course will give you a full knowledge and understanding of childcare and education. You may then progress to Higher Education, including degree programmes such as Child Studies. Alternatively you could gain employment within the Early Years sector as an Early Years Practitioner.

Private study

You will be required to complete 4-5 hours independent study working on homework or assignment tasks each week to enable you to be successful. This may be on assignments or placement-related work.

What materials will I need to provide?

Apart from the usual materials needed to be a successful student you may wish to obtain the text book designed specifically for your course - please ensure the book is the 2016 specification:

BTEC National Children's Play, Learning and Development - Student Book

Publisher: Pearson

Author: Penny Tassoni,Brenda Baker,Louise Burnham,Karen Hucker (ISBN: 9781292133621)

For placement you will need to wear suitable professional clothing and our college polo shirt.  This will be explained when you start the course.

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. You will also acquire a range of professional skills within a variety of Early Years settings.

This course is for you if...

You want to gain Early Years Educator professional status to work with children, or progress to University.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of a grade 4 (C) in English Language OR Mathematics.  A DBS check will be required.

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?

  • A passion for working with children
  • Effective communication skills
  • A willingness to work as part of a team
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Patience and a caring nature
  • Ability to meet deadlines