St John Plessington Catholic College

Children’s Play, Learning & Development


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Head of Department:

Mrs D Walker-Cairns 




BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development 

Programme of study

Throughout the course you will learn some of the main values that are used by early years practitioners and how they are applied within early years settings. You will understand how a child develops from birth to five years and how patterns of development emerge. You will also learn how practitioners use play to create a  learning environment and the role of specialist workers in meeting the needs of a child. 

Component 1: Children’s Growth & Development (Assignment) 

You will learn that children develop skills and abilities at different rates and that they usually follow the same pattern of development. Within each area of development (physical, intellectual, communication and language and social and emotional) there are expected patterns for a child. To measure these patterns professionals will use centile charts and measure children against developmental milestones. 

Component 2: Learning through Play (Assignment) 

Play can be an enjoyable and motivating experience for children of all ages. Within this component, you will look at the different stages of play from birth to five years. You will consider the opportunities that adults can provide for children in different settings, such as the home or in school. You will also learn about the specific activities and resources that can promote learning across the five areas of development. 

Component 3: Supporting Children to Play, Learn & Develop. (Exam) 

You will look at some of the ways children’s individual circumstances can affect how they learn and develop, compared to their peers. This can include a sensory impairment, restricted movements or a delay in development. You will also investigate the role of an adult in making sure that all children are safe when engaging in play activities. 

How is the course structured? 

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development is run over two years and content is broken down into components. Assignments and the exam are graded from Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

How will my work be assessed? 

Supporting Children to Play, Learn and Develop is an externally assessed. This will be a written examination consisting of a two-hour paper. 

The two other components are assessed through assignments. Each of these components is made up of smaller pieces of coursework. In total you will complete 16 assignment based criteria. 

What can these qualifications lead to? 

This course is ideal preparation for progression to more detailed study of Early Years, or Health & Social Care such as an A Level course or a BTEC National qualification (level 3). Some pupils may complete the course and progress to working or training in a specialised area within Early Years fields.