Children's Play, Learning and Development

Key Stage 5

What will I study?
If you have a keen interest in working with children, not just as a teacher, but any career involving children then this is the course for you. The course focuses on all aspect of children’s development, their learning styles and needs, along with emphasising the importance of play and observation.
The units to be studied over the 2 years are:

  • Child Development (examined unit)
  • Play in Early Years Settings
  • Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs
  • Health and Safety Practice in Early Years Settings
  • Collaboration with Parents, Colleagues and Other Professionals in Early Years
  • Supporting Children’s Communication and Language
  • Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Child Protection
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning for Play and Development
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the Early Years
  • Reflecting on Own Early Years Practice

Mandatory Specialist Units

  • Research Skills
  • Health Education and Social Services for Children and Their Families
  • Food and Mealtime in the Early Years

Optional Specialist Units

  • Working with Children with Additional Needs
  • Cooking Activities with Children
  • Supporting Children’s Creativity
  • An Introduction to Working in a Montessori Setting
  • An Introduction to Working in a Steiner Waldorf Setting

How will I be assessed?
Assessment is majority coursework based.
There is one externally assessed unit. This will be assessed during year 13.
Assessment also takes the form of practical assessment. You will be visited by a tutor while at placement on at least twelve occasions throughout the two years.
What coursework will I need to do?
You will complete coursework for all units apart from one. The coursework consists of assignments, and there are usually between one and four assignments per unit. You will also complete a Professional Practice
Portfolio which will be your evidence of the 800 hours of work experience you do.
Case study
Sophie Magill completed the CCLD course with DDD. She has gone on to Wolverhampton University to study ‘Special Needs and Inclusion Studies’. Sophie was granted a scholarship to do these studies and this is a testament to her hard work and dedication throughout her two years in Post-16.

Course: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Specification Code: 601/2527/5