BTEC Childrens Play, Learning and Development

KS4 overview.

This BTEC Level 2 subject offers the fundamental knowledge and understanding of child development and of promoting development of the child through play. Pupils taking the CPLD qualification can progress to the Level 3 to extend their study in Further Education. This qualification is led by Edexcel and Pearson and is equivalent to one GCSE. The three units studied are: “Patterns of Child Development”, “Promoting Children’s Development through Play” and “The Principles of Early Years Practice”. Pupils will complete both Controlled Assessments and an external exam as part of the qualification.

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

The units we study look at the experiences of the modern child from a holistic view and pupils are able to relate to this. Times are changing with so many parents needing to work full time and therefore the need for high quality child care is greater. The course will give a clear understanding of the development of the child. Pupils will be prepared for their future through the study of an appropriate course and will receive guidance and support for their further choices.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Extra sessions are put on at lunch time and after school when deadlines for assignments and exams are approaching, homework is set on Show my homework. Pupils are able to email the lead teacher on the school system with questions regarding homework, revision and lesson work.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

This course can lead on to Level 3 CPLD and, along with a C in mathematics and English, will allow you to access apprenticeships at a range of Post-16 Colleges plus a variety of Early Years courses from working within private nurseries to supporting in schools and progressing to working with young children in a variety of settings.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

An interest in a future working with younger children or in an Early Years setting.

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