Children’s Play, Learning and Development: Level 2 Study Programme

Who do I speak to? Ms. Sue Cutts /Mrs. Carrie Weisselberg

Why study Children’s Play, Learning and Development

• The Early Years sector is employs over ½ million workers in a range of childcare and early years providers; it is a dynamic and vitally important sector which needs high quality staff at all levels and there are many different job roles and opportunities for training and progression

• Childcare and early years workers provide care, education and support for children from birth to 14 years in regulated settings. They work with children who have a range of abilities and needs, providing learning and play opportunities

• Working in early years requires a range of personal qualities such as an enthusiasm for working with children, an interest in their development and welfare, creativity and imagination, and the ability to support children’s personal rights, dignity and privacy.

What’s it all about?

This is a Level 2 qualification and is equivalent in size to 2 GCSE’s; the grades range from Level 2 PP to Level 2 D*D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be awarded a Level 1 grade. Learners whose level of achievement is below a Level 1 will receive an unclassified U result

• Assessment will be external (25%, Edexcel sets and marks these assessments) and internal (assignment based evidence, set and marked by your teachers)

• Each unit focuses on a different topic or skill enabling you to gain a broad knowledge, understanding of, and develop skills in the early years sector.

When will I be assessed?

• External assessment will take place twice during the course, usually January and June

• Internal assessment uses Pass, Merit and Distinction grading criteria and takes place continuously throughout the course, this allows you to receive feedback on your progress with an opportunity to improve your portfolio

• Internal assessment uses assignment based activities to generate evidence including project work, case studies, work place assessments, role play and oral presentation.

What could it lead to?

• A career in the early years sector, or related sectors, where knowledge of child development is relevant

• Progression to Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, or BTEC Nationals in other sectors, such as in health and social care.

• Progression to related academic qualifications, such as the GCE in Health and Social Care, or Psychology

• Employment within the early years sector, for example as an apprentice

• Other Level 2 vocational qualifications.