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Children’s Play, Learning & Development (Level 3)

Key course information

Early Years


2 years

Full Time

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Course Overview

Interested in working with children, and finding out how children work? A career in the Early Years sector can be incredibly fulfilling, and this qualification will take you there. This two-year course will support you either to progress into employment in the sector, or onto 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 will cover a variety of practical and theory-based topics. These include Child Development, which examines a range of theorists and their studies into how children learn. You will also engage in some child’s play during the unit ‘Play and Learning’, learning how to plan for, assess and observe children. You’ll learn how to keep children safe, 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 collect evidence and complete 750 hours in work placement including a minimum of 100 hours in each of the 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.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to have as a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.

All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

You will be interviewed by a member of the lecturing team.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This qualification is assessed by a combination of assignment work, assessment in practice and exams. The internally set assessments will be varied in format allowing all students to show their talents whilst developing and extending other skills.

Additional Costs and Information

You will be required to wear a college t-shirt when on placement which costs approximately £10.

Applicants are advised to buy the recognised textbook associated with the course.

Additional costs for trips and activities.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Foundation Degree/BA (Hons) – Early Years at Wiltshire College and University CentreHNC/D Social and Community WorkBA (Hons) Social Work

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