BTEC Level 3 National Award in Child’s Play, Learning & Development

The Children’s Play, Learning & Development course will give you an opportunity to gain a solid understanding of key areas of children’s play, learning and development judged essential by the sector.  It will give you the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 qualification, developing your transferable skills such as analytical writing, the ability to synthesise knowledge and personal organisational skills.

Supplies Needed:

You will need an A4 folder/s, lined paper, subject dividers and general stationary (pens, pencils).

Course Content



Unit 1 – Children’s Development

  • Principles of growth & development
  • Physical development
  • Cognition, language and communication development
  • Theories of social and emotional development


1hr 30mins

90 marks

Unit 2 – Play & Learning

  • Stages of speech, communication and language in children’s development
  • Supporting children’s literacy and numeracy skills through speech, communication and language development
  • Approaches to the varied needs of individual children


Task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

68 Marks

Unit 3 – Play and Learning

  • Play types and opportunities and benefits of play
  • Theoretical and curriculum approaches to learning and development

Internal Coursework

Unit 5 – Keeping Children Safe

  • Legal responsibilities and approaches to health and safety in early years settings
  • Explore procedures for prevention and control of infection
  • Safeguarding

Internal Coursework


Contact Details – and

Core Textbook:

  • Children’s Play, Learning & Development Student Book, written by Penny Tassoni and a team of teachers, verifiers and professionals. ISBN: 9781292133621


Suggested Further Reading

  • Athey, C. (2007) Extending Thought in Young Children: A Parent-Teacher Partnership (2nd ed.), London: Sage Productions.
  • Donaldson, M. (1986) Children’s Minds, London: HarperCollins.
  • Gerhardt, S. (2004) Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain, Oxford: Routledge.
  • Lindon, J (2010) Understanding Child Development: Linking Theory and Practice (2nd Ed.), London: Hodder Education.
  • Lindon, J. (2012) What Does It Mean To Be Two? (3rd Ed.), London: Practical Pre-School Books
  • Thornton, S. (2008) Understanding Human Development: Biological, Social & Psychological Processes from Conception to Adult Life, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


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