Exam Board Pearson Edexcel 
Qualification BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Children’s Play, Learning and Development




Merit in Health or Grade 4 in English Language or Literature



(Outline of Course)

This qualification is for students interested in learning about the early year’s sector and child development. It covers all the knowledge, skills and attributes that are required for working in the sector or progressing into a related course in higher education. In this qualification you will learn about theories and models of child development and how this relates to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You will develop an understanding of a range of factors that may influence children’s development and consider the short- and long-term effects on their development. Additionally, you will learn the theoretical principles of children’s language, literacy, and numeracy skills development and how these can be applied when working in an Early Years setting.


A compulsory part of the programme is to undertake 50 hours’ work experience in at least one setting, with children from birth to seven years 11 months. Within this experience you will be observed working with the children and staff. This will help you to develop essential skills and knowledge that are required for working with children.


Course Content

Year 12

Unit 1: Children’s Development (externally assessed).

Unit 2:  Development of Children’s Literacy, Numeracy and Communication Skills. (externally assessed).


Year 13

Unit 3:  Play and Learning (internally assessed).

Unit 11: The Early Years Foundation Stage (internally assessed).


Assessment Students undertake four units to complete the programme of study. This includes two exam units that will be externally assessed and two coursework units that will be internally assessed. Internally assessed coursework units will be marked by the subject teacher and will be subject to internal and external verification. Students will be provided with BTEC assessment guidelines to ensure that they are fully aware of how to meet coursework criteria.


Students will also be assessed in their work-placements in relation to their attitude, ability to work within a team and their skills and abilities when conducting activities with the children.


Careers Guidance This qualification is designed primarily to support progression to higher education into relevant courses such as BA (Hons) Primary Education. However, this qualification will also be relevant for those choosing to progress directly to employment through an Early Years Educator Apprenticeship.

Key Information

Transition Work

The transition work for Vocational Childcare can be found below.

Students should attempt to complete one task weekly over the summer ahead of the start of the course.


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