Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Student Quote

"The best part of this course is being able to get out onto placement and really experience working with the children and gaining experience of working with different ages. It’s really helped me apply theory to practice when I am back in the classroom”

“The practical based units e.g. nutrition, designing a child’s toy have been fun and have allowed me to develop skills that I wouldn’t have done on a traditional A level course”

Exam Board

  • Edexcel

Entry Requirements

  • Grade C in English and Maths
  • A clean Criminal Records check


  • Unit 1: Child Development
  • Unit 2: Play and Learning
  • Unit 3: Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs
  • Unit 4: Health and Safety in Early Years Settings
  • Unit 5: Working with parents and others in Early Years
  • Unit 6: Supporting Children’s Speech, Communication and Language
  • Unit 7: Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Unit 8: Safeguarding in Early Years
  • Unit 9: Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Unit 10: Supporting Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Development
  • Unit 11: Reflective Practice
  • Unit 12: The Early Years Foundation
  • Unit 13: Research Skills
  • Unit 16: Working with Children Under 3
  • Unit 20: An introduction to Play work Principles
  • Unit 21: Supporting Children’s Imaginative Play
  • Unit 22: Cooking Activities with Children
  • Unit 23: Supporting Children’s Creativity
  • Unit 25: Promoting Children’s Development Outdoors
  • Unit 30: Career Development in Early Years
  • 750 hours work placement in a minimum of 3 different placements: 0-2 years old in nursery/home based care, 2-5 years old in nursery, pre-school or home based care, 5-8 years old in a classroom setting and up to 150 hours with children with additional needs in any age group.


  • Unit 1: Child Development is the examined unit
  • Pearson Set Assignments: Unit 11: Reflective Practice and Unit 13: Research Skills
  • All other assignments are internally set and assessed. There is an external moderator every year.

Progression routes from this course

  • Many students who have studied this course have gone to higher education to study primary school teaching. This course provides students with a license to practice which means that they are qualified to go and work as nursery nurses in the local area. There are also students who have gone straight into work at local nurseries.