Are you positive, caring and enthusiastic? Are you considering a career working with young children? Would you like a job where you can make a real difference to people’s lives? If you choose to work in early years or childcare, you will be playing a crucial role in shaping the lives of our future generations.
This is a career to be proud of and our Award/Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development will help you turn your dream job into reality. Our course offers you the practical
skills and knowledge that you need to work towards gaining the necessary requirements for working within the sector.
You will study the Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development in the first year, and if you successfully complete the Award, you will progress into the second year, where you will complete the Diploma.
You will study all aspects of childcare, learning and development, including how to promote wellbeing and resilience, and safeguard the children in your care. You will develop a range of learning and play activities, and learn how to promote equality and diversity. You will also develop your communication skills so that you can interact successfully with children, parents and colleagues.
Some of your units will be practical, where you will plan and implement activities such as cookery, numeracy, sensory, and story telling. Others will be more theoretical and may involve studying children’s behaviour or discussing the impact of social policy on childcare and development. You will attend four or five different placements during the course and complete a minimum of 800 hours of work experience. You will be attending placement for two days per week, working with the age ranges 0-2, 2-5, 5-8 in different childcare settings including nurseries, reception classes, pre-schools, special educational needs, and childminders.
Applicants must have 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or (Grade 4/5 and above) including English and maths. Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a relevant Level 2 qualification, such as a Level 2 Pathway in Caring for Children and Adults. Entry is subject to a satisfactory reference and interview.
Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.
You will also need to complete a DBS check, attend an interview and provide satisfactory references.
How will I be assessed?
This course requires students to pass an exam in Child Development to successfully achieve the qualification.
You will be assessed on an on-going basis through various methods including written assignments, case studies and presentations. During your work placement, you will complete a range of tasks for your Professional Evidence Portfolio (PEP) demonstrating that you are competent. You will also need to plan and carry out activities with children and observe their development.
What can I do next
Successful completion of the diploma will enable you to work with children in a variety of roles, such as a Children's Centre Worker, Nursery Nurse, Nanny, Teaching Assistant, or Learning Assistant.
It will also equip you for further study and you may like to consider our HND Advanced Practice in Working with Children and Families or a degree in Teaching, Nursing or Social Work.
- Child development
- Food and mealtimes in the early years
- Promoting children's development outdoors
- Play and learning
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)