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BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Assistant) at Neale-Wade Academy

Course description

All the content of the qualification is mandatory and relates directly to the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected by employers in the early year’s sector. The areas covered include:

• Child development

• Working in early years settings

• Caring for children

• Supporting children’s learning through play.


Students must also complete 280 hours of work experience placement in relevant early year’s settings.

Course content

All students will study the following mandatory units:

1 Policy and Practice for Working in Early Years Settings (Exam)

2 Child Development from Birth up to Five Years (Exam)

3 Developing Professional Practice Skills for Work in Early Years Settings (Coursework)

4 Supporting Children’s Physical Care Needs in Early Years Settings (Coursework)

5 Supporting Children’s Learning Through Play (Coursework)

6 Supporting Children’s Communication, Literacy and Language Development (Coursework)

7 Developing Professional Practice in Early Years Settings (Coursework)


The course consists of 75% Coursework based assessments and 25% Exam.

Students will take 7 units, which are all mandatory.

The external assessments for this qualification take the form of a task that allows students to apply their skills and knowledge in context to a realistic work-based activity, and an onscreen test that includes a variety of onscreen item types, which allows students to apply their knowledge to several work-related contexts.

Students must complete a portfolio of evidence for their 280 hours of work experience placement, showing the knowledge, skills and behaviour required in an early year’s setting.

Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit and Pass. The qualification is graded using a scale of PP to DD.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 2 Technicals develop transferable workplace skills, such as good communication and the ability to work in a team, which employers have identified as essential for gaining employment in the sector and for progression once the learner is working.

Achieving this qualification will give learners an advantage when applying for a job in the early year’s sector. The types of roles in the early year’s settings include:

• Early years assistant

• Preschool assistant

• Nursery assistant

• Childminder’s helper.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year


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