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Children’s Play, Learning and Development BTEC National Certificate Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

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 practical training in a range of early years settings. This could take place within various organisations, private day schools, children’s centres and nurseries.

Course content

Unit 1: Child Development.
Unit 2: Play in Early Years Settings.
Unit 3: Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs.
Unit 4: Health and Safety Practices in Early Years Settings.
Unit 5: Collaboration with Parents, Colleagues and other Professionals in Early Years.
Unit 6: Supporting Children’s Communication and Language.
Unit 7: Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Unit 8: Safeguarding in Early Years
Unit 9: Observation, Assessment and Planning for Play and Development.
Unit 11: Reflecting on own Early Years Practice.

Entry requirements

4 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of grade C in English Language and Mathematics

A DBS check will be required.


Unit 1 is assessed by an externally set and marked exam. Unit 11 is assessed by an externally set assignment. All other units are assessed by assignments that are internally marked and internally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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