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Level 3 Children's Play, Learning & Development


Early Years

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Full Time

Start Date



2 years

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Course Overview

Are you fascinated with how children learn and develop and interested in working with children? A career in the Early Years sector can be incredibly fulfilling and this two-year qualification will take you there. The course will support you either to progress into employment in the sector or go on to higher education. Whether you want to be a playworker, educational psychologist, primary school teacher or outreach worker, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to work with and support children from birth throughout their childhood.

What will I learn?

You’ll study a variety of practical and theory-based topics such as child development, examining a range of theorists and their studies into how children learn. You’ll engage in children’s play during the ‘Play and Learning’ unit, learning how to plan for, assess and observe children. You’ll learn how to keep children safe, and how to become a reflective practitioner and engage in current research. You will also complete specialist units in topics such as Additional Needs, Outdoor Play, Technology in the Early Years, and English as a Second Language (subject to change in line with local requirements, and consultation with local settings).

Over the two years you will be required to complete, and collect evidence from, 750 hours of work placement including a minimum of 100 hours in each of these age ranges: birth to one year 11 months, two years to four years 11 months, and five years to seven years 11 months.

You will also achieve a First Aid qualification alongside your studies.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You will be assessed by a combination of assignment work, assessment in practice and exams. The internally-set assessments vary in format and are designed to allow you to show your talents while developing and extending other skills.

Entry Requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths.
• Screening for fitness for practice.
• Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
• A successful interview.

Additional Costs and Information

You will be required to wear a College T-shirt (costing around £10) when on placement and you are advised to buy the recognised textbook associated with the course. There will be some additional costs for trips and activities during the course.

What Could I Do Next?

After successfully completing the course you can progress on to a BA (Hons) degree in Early Years at the College, or an HNC or HND Social and Community Work, or BA (Hons) Social Work.

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