BTEC: Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Who is the course for?

This course prepares you directly for employment working through extensive work placement with children and will give you Early Years practitioner status. This is needed for working in a variety of settings e.g. Early Years Educator, childminder or as a nanny/au pair.

Also, it is ideally suited for students aiming to go on to Higher Education to gain a degree for careers such as primary teaching or social work.

What does the course involve?

This course covers all areas of children’s development and learning, including current curricula and how theoretical learning underpins working with children.

You will gain practical experience during your 750 placement hours. These will be made up in a variety of settings to include childminders, nurseries, schools and special needs placements.

You will be responsible for finding your own work experience placements and will be observed by your CLPD teachers periodically throughout the two years.

The course consists of a variety of units including:

  • Children’s Development (external assessment)
  • Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy, and Numeracy Skills (external assessment)
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Early Years Practice (external assessment)
  • Keeping Children Safe (coursework)
  • Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs (coursework)
  • Children’s Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (coursework)
  • Working with Parents and Others in Early Years (coursework)
  • Observation, Assessment, and Planning (coursework)
  • Reflective Practice (coursework)
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (coursework)

What makes this course special?

  • The variety of placements
  • Students looking for employment are often asked to apply for vacancies at their placement settings
  • This qualification is well respected and will enable students to gain employment in childcare settings in the UK and abroad,
  • It is an excellent route into primary teaching.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Written examinations (External Assessments)
  • Practical assessment during placements
  • Written coursework
  • Presentations
  • Work placement portfolio

Progression Routes

  • University degree courses e.g. Primary Education Teaching, Social work, Speech and Language Therapy and Special Education.
  • Directly into employment e.g. an early years educator, classroom assistant, childminder, nanny.
  • Progression routes are discussed and supported with your personal tutor