Subject Leader – Social Sciences

Miss D Hart – dhart@ndonline.org

Syllabus: BTEC Children’s Play Learning and development


Aims: The aim of the course is to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of child development issues in a diverse society.


Content & Mode of Assessment: This course consists of three units.
Unit 1: This is a written exam which will test the student’s knowledge on the 2 themes below.
 Growth and Development
 The Role of Adults
Unit 2: Promoting Children’s Development Through Play. This is an assignment task. Students will complete 3 assignments that can be presented in a variety of ways.
Unit 3: The Principles of Early Years Practice. This is an assignment task. Students will complete 4 assignments that can be presented in a variety of ways.
It would be useful for students interested in this course to be able to observe children aged between 0 – 8 years.
Unit 1 is externally assessed and units 2 and 3 are internally assessed.


Further Study:
The skills and knowledge acquired from this course will be relevant and transferable to other settings and will enhance career opportunities, especially in the child care industry. The course can also provide progression to Post 16 courses, including Early Years CACHE courses, BTEC Children’s Learning and Development courses or A Levels such as Psychology, Sociology and Health & Social Care. There are a range of Early Years degree options available too.
Child Development can lead to a range of possible careers include: Nursery Nurse, Foundation Stage Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Child Minder, Nanny and Educational Psychologist to name but a few!