L3 BTEC Children's Play, Learning & Development

 “It takes a big heart to shape little minds.” Author Unknown

This qualification is designed for learners preparing for a role as an early year’s educator in preschool and nursery settings.

The qualification is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want to study the mandatory core content of the children’s play, learning and development sector, which is needed to practice as an early year’s educator. It may be complemented with other BTEC Nationals or A Levels. 

Course Description

You will study a range of business related topics including core units:

  • Children’s Development – In this unit, you will learn about theories and models of development that explain how and why children develop and how this relates to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills – In this unit, you will learn the sequence of children’s speech, communication, language, literacy and numeracy skills development.
  • Play and Learning – In this unit, you will learn about the types of play and the opportunities that should be made available to children at different ages and stages of development.
  • Keeping Children Safe – In this unit, you will look at the legislation, regulations and guidance relevant to health, safety and safeguarding.
  • Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs – In this unit, you will learn about the physical care needs of children and the important role of the early years professional to meet those needs through routines and by providing opportunity for challenging, physical play activities.
  • Working with Others and Parents in Early Years – In this unit, you will examine the role of parents and factors that affect parenting styles. You will also learn about parents’ rights and their different views about childhood.
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage – In this unit, you will look at the principles, themes and aims of the EYFS and how these can influence the way that the curriculum is organised.

Course Assessment

Equivalent in size to one A Level. You study
7 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed, you will also undertake a work placement for a minimum of 50 hours.

 Entry requirements

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE. Students should also have achieved a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics or still be working towards achieving a grade 5 in Mathematics.






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