Childcare: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children's Play,Learning and Development

Education and Training

Education and Training
Education and Training

What will you be working towards?

Code F23
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you are interested in how children develop, working with families or looking to work in the early years sector then this course is for you.This subject has been developed to reflect recent beliefs in the early years sector; which highlight the benefits of play. This course will give you a knowledge base of child development and related theories of child development.

In Unit 1  you will develop an understanding of children’s developmental progress from birth up to seven years 11 months.

In Unit 2 you will develop an understanding of how children develop literacy, language, numeracy and communication skills and how to promote and support this development.

In Unit 3 you will gain an understanding of why play is important to children’s learning and development. The unit links with a number of different theoretical approaches to children’s play, learning and development that are used throughout the course. You will complete the tasks usingknowledge and understanding from their studies of the sector and apply both transferable and specialist knowledge and skills.

Finally in Unit 11 you will study the structure and purpose of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework demonstrating your own skills to support children towards the statutory requirements. Overall, you must undertake a minimum of 50 hours work experience in an early years setting.


This course comprises four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.

Unit 1 (M) Children's Development
Unit 2 (M) Development of Children's Communication. Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Unit 3 (M) Play and Learning
Unit 11(O) The Early Years Foundation Stage

How will it be delivered?

Written examination (1h 30m) externally assessed (33%)
Assignment set and assessed externally (33%)
Assignment set and assessed internally (17%)
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Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ or BTEC/NCFE at Merit+ in a child carerelated discipline, as well as Grade 5+ in GCSE Core Science and Grade 4+ in GCSE English. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a child carerelated discipline will be considered through interview.

Your next steps...

In addition to the children’s play, learning and development subjectspecific content, you will develop transferable and higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. The study of children’s play, learning and development particularly encourages the development of skills such as communication, working collaboratively, and self management. You could progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as Early Years Educator,  practitioner in a day nursery, practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, preschool worker, home based childcarer and nanny.