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Children's Play, Learning & Development


This Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning & Development is a two year, full-time course that will enable you to achieve an early year’s educator licence to practice. You will spend part of your time in early years’ settings, such as nurseries, schools and children’s centres, and part of your time studying at the academy. You will study a range of units covering different aspects of children’s learning and development. The topics you will learn about include:

  • Child Development
  • Collaboration with Parents, Colleagues and Other Professionals in Early Years
  • Child Protection
  • Health, Education and Social Services for Children and their Families
  • Planning activities for children

With our consistent outstanding results. Students usually achieve well above their target grade. Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills for direct progression into Early Years Educator roles within the industry or progress to specialist higher education (HE) courses in this sector and beyond. There are rewarding jobs in both the public and private sector in private nurseries, nursery classes, children’s centres, health centres and private families. There are also posts available in infant and special schools. Successful students may also wish to pursue further study at university level

Year 12

You will study compulsory units including

Unit 1: Child DevelopmentUnit 2: Play and LearningUnit 3: Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health NeedsUnit 4: Health and Safety in Early Years SettingsUnit 5: Working With Parents and Others in Early YearsUnit 6: Supporting Children’s Speech, Communication and Language1Unit 7: Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional DevelopmentUnit 8: Safeguarding in Early YearsUnit 9: Observation, Assessment and PlanningUnit 10: Supporting Children’s Literacy and Numeracy DevelopmentUnit 11: Reflective PracticeUnit 12: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Year 13

You will study optional units that will be discussed with the group looking at personal needs and interests an example of some units are shown below

Unit 15: Food and Mealtimes in the Early YearsUnit 18: Managing a Home-based Childcare BusinessUnit 19: Working With Children Who Have Additional NeedsUnit 20: An Introduction to Playwork PrinciplesUnit 21: Supporting Children’s Imaginative PlayUnit 22: Cooking Activities With ChildrenUnit 23: Supporting Children’s CreativityUnit 26: An Introduction to Working in a Montessori Setting 255Unit 27: An Introduction to Working in a Steiner Waldorf Setting 263Unit 28: An Introduction to Work as a Community Nursery Nurse

The course is assessed through internally and externally assessed coursework over 21 varied units. This will include case studies, information booklets, essays and discussion-based exercises You will also be assessed through an externally set and marked examination.

Your practical performance will also be assessed on a regular basis in each of your early years’ placements. You will be required to carry out a work placement of approximately 750 hours.

The Children’s Play, Learning and Development course facilitates several visits including,

  • visits to
    • Derian House children’s hospice
    • Kiddy Chaos play centre
  • Visits from
    • the National Childbirth Trust
    • The Women’s Centre and
    • various child care professionals
  • 750 hours of work placement
Children's Play, Learning & Development


Student achieving Merit+

Most students achieve their expected grades or above and many students move onto university.

This could lead to a career as a….

  • Nursery Teacher
  • Children’s Nurse
  • Play Therapist
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Children
  • Children's Play, Learning & Development

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