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Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

The Children’s Play and Development Certificate Level 2 is for anyone with aspirations to work within the childcare Sector. This course is designed to prepare you and provide knowledge and understanding of the role you will play when working with various age groups in a setting. 

You will study important areas related to caring for children, such as, patterns of child development and the principles of early years practice, health and safety and promoting children’s positive behaviour.

Course content

You will cover a range of core subjects and personal development subjects including: 

- Patterns of child development 
- Promoting children's development through play 
- The principles of early years practice 
- Promoting children's positive behaviour 
- Health and safety in early years 
- Supporting children's language and literacy development 
- Making healthy food choice for children 

Alongside these units you will continue to develop you English and Maths skills by undertaking Level 1 and Level 2 English and Maths qualifications. 

Also nursery, pre-school teachers and other professional speakers will be incorporated throughout the course. 

As part of the course you will participate in the Enterprise project that links to work experience. 

During the course you will plan and fundraise for course trips. This planning will take place during tutor session and will be decided as a group and organised by the tutor. The department will support with trips, however a small charge may be required. 

As a Boston College learner you will have access to new library facilities and IT equipment. A variety of food and drinks from the College coffee shop, bistro and canteen. The College provides free parking to learners during term time. Recreational activities are also available.

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grade D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above), preferably in English and Maths (or equivalent). 

If you are unable to meet these entry qualifications an alternative course is the 'Caring for Children Diploma Level 1'.


This course is 100% theory. You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as coursework displays, presentations, group work and exams etc.

Financial information

You may choose to by books throughout your course (approx. £20), however there will be a range of books available to you in the College library. 

Small contribution may be required towards trips throughout the year.  

Future opportunities

The qualification will allow you progress onto the Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, where you will be expected to attend a weekly work placement as part of your course. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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