Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate Level 2

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2019


The Level 2 Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate is for anyone with aspirations to work within the childcare Sector. This course is designed to prepare you and provide knowledge and understanding of the role you will play when working with various age groups in a setting.

You will study important areas related to caring for children, such as, patterns of child development and the principles of early years practice, health and safety and promoting children’s positive behaviour.

What will I do?

During the Level 2 Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate you will cover a range of core subjects and personal development subjects including:

  • Patterns of child development
  • Promoting children's development through play
  • The principles of early years practice
  • Promoting children's positive behaviour
  • Health and safety in early years
  • Supporting children's language and literacy development
  • Making healthy food choice for children

Also nursery, pre-school teachers and other professional speakers will be invited in throughout the course.

As part of the course, you will participate in the Enterprise project that links to work experience.

During the course, you will plan and fundraise for course trips. This planning will take place during tutor session and will be decided as a group and organised by the tutor. The department will support with trips, however a small charge may be required.

As a Boston College learner you will have access to new library facilities and IT equipment. A variety of food and drinks from the College coffee shop, bistro and canteen. The College provides free parking to learners during term time. Recreational activities are also available.

If you have a Grade 2 or below in English or maths, you can study towards either a PASS in Functional Skills Level 2 or a GCSE grade 4-9. Once you have achieved either qualification, you will not be required to undertake any further English or maths.

Full time 16-19 learner with a Grade 3, must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.

The entry qualifications for the Level 2 Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate are two GCSEs at grade D or above (New GCSE grade 3 or above), preferably in English and Maths (or equivalent).

If you are unable to meet these entry qualifications, an alternative course is the 'Caring for Children Diploma Level 1'.

The Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for three days a week, 9:00am-4:30pm. Assignments will require a certain amount of independent study at home.

Alongside studying at College you will also attend work experience during the course. You will work with your course tutor to plan this work experience.

The Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £1200.
If full course payment is made on the first day of the course a discount may apply.

Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

This Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate is 100% theory. You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as coursework displays, presentations, group work, exams etc.

The Level 2 Children’s Play, Learning and Development First Certificate will allow you progress onto the Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, where you will be expected to attend a weekly work placement as part of your course.

Additional costs include purchasing books throughout your course (approx. £20) however there will be a range of books available to you in the College library.

Small contribution may be required towards trips throughout the year.

You may be eligible for financial assistance through the College's Bursary scheme and Be Brilliant Foundation.

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