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BTEC Extended Certificate

Children’s Play, Learning & Development

What is Children’s Play, Learning & Development

Children’s Play, Learning and Development is a course suited to anyone interested in working with young children and children with additional needs. This could be in a nursery, pre-school or primary school. A career within the Early Years sector is challenging but also hugely rewarding, it allows you to make a difference to the lives of children, helping them to reach their full potential. If you have an approachable, trustworthy, enthusiastic and compassionate nature, this course may be for you.
Throughout the course, teaching, learning and assessment is applied to the childcare sector and the range of client groups and situations where play, learning and development
take place.

What Will You Study?

Throughout the course you will be provided with opportunities to learn through a range of different activities, studying a range of core and additional units. These core units include Children’s Development, Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy & Numeracy Skills and Play & Learning.
As part of the Extended Certificate course, you will also get the chance to complete a minimum of 50 placement hours in at least one industry-related setting, with children from birth to seven years 11 months.

What Next?

Studying Children’s Play, Learning and Development will enable you to progress into Higher Education to pursue many different careers including – Children’s Nursing, Primary School Teaching, Social Work degrees or one of our Foundation Degrees in Early Years
or Teaching and Learning Support.
Alternatively, you may choose to progress into a related apprenticeship or training position, or study another subject at degree level.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least five 4s at GCSE
NOTE: Completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service Application (DBS) is compulsory as gaining work experience with a range of vulnerable client groups is an essential requirement of this course.

Course Type

BTEC Extended Diploma and BTEC Extended Certificate

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