Children’s Play, Learning & Development Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Description

Have you ever wondered where ‘Super Nanny’ Jo Frost gets her ideas? Have you ever heard the term ‘Time Out’? You will be required to complete a minimum of 750 hours in a range of childcare settings. With a balance of practical work experience and theoretical concepts, this Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) Qualification offers you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge of working with children from birth to age eight years.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics. This course requires a high level of motivation and professionalism due to the amount of time spent in childcare settings.

Course Content

The course will introduce you to a wide range of interesting and enriching topic areas relevant to early years practice, from practical skills for looking after children to psychological theory of development. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the development of children and how this influences the progress of children as they grow. Using this information you will develop skills in supporting the development of children through the use of activities and observation. In class you will be carrying out practical demonstrations and practical exercises to prepare you for your work placements with a range of age groups and settings. You will also be assessed using a variety of techniques such as external exam, coursework and demonstrations.


Assessment will be carried out through different methods:

•Examination – Unit 1 – (Child Development)
•Examination (Synoptic assessment) – Unit 2 (Development of Children\’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy skills) and Unit 4 (Enquiries in Current Research in Early Years Practice)
•Internally set coursework
•Assessed observations in work placement.

Enrichment and Work Experience

Work placement will support your coursework and by the end of the second year you will have achieved a minimum of 750 hours in a variety of settings such as nurseries and schools. You will complete 2 days a week in placement in order to complete 750 hours to achieve your Early Years Educator qualification. As part of enrichment, you will have the opportunity to undertake a First Aid qualification and gain experience in a Forest School Environment. We will visit a range of universities and have guest speakers that work in the child care sector.

Additional Information

Essential additional costs for the course are: uniform for work placement (approx cost from £8 to £40); Enhanced DBS (£56); Forest School visit (£30) and First Aid Certificate (£20).

Future Career Opportunities

With this Early Years Educator qualification you will be able to access a wide range of courses at HE including: teaching, social work, play specialist, early years and education. At the end of the course you will be a qualified practitioner who will be able to seek employment as a Nursery Nurse or Teaching Assistant.

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Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

The teaching staff for this course have a vast amount of work experience with children in a range of settings and countries! This experience is used to enhance your learning environment and give you greater knowledge about the everyday work carried out in a child care setting. You are taught by subject experts and examiner and receive extensive support to reach your full potential. Practical activities are used in class to support your learning of theoretical concepts; this also benefits your work placement by enabling you to try out new activities, sometimes things that you haven’t done since being a child yourself. We work alongside local nurseries and schools to ensure that you have a happy and valuable experience working with children from birth to eight years.