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BTEC Children’s play, Learning and Development National Award Level 3 at Nicholas Hamond Academy

Course description


The course is designed to help you take a practical approach towards working with children in an Early Years setting. It covers everything from how a child develops, the importance of playing to Health and Safety and supporting literacy and numeracy development, all for children between birth and 8 years of age.

Course content


Year 1

Unit 1: Children’s Development

Unit 2: Play and Learning

Unit 4: Health and Safety


Year 2

Unit 8: Safeguarding in Early Years

Unit 9: Observation, Assessment and Planning

Last unit is optional and will be chosen based on the interests of the students.

As part of the course the student must undertake a minimum of 50 hours of work experience within an Early Years setting. It is strongly recommended that this takes place on a fortnightly basis over the 2 years.

Entry requirements




Unit 1 is an externally set exam.

All other units are internally assessed assignments.

Future opportunities


Working in an Early Years setting, Child Psychologist, teacher and other such professions connected with working with teachers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Hamond Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years