Department Leader: Vikki Fraher

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, general stationary (pens, pencils), and a memory stick would be very helpful.

Course Content:



Unit 1 – Child Development

  • Principles of growth & development
  • Theories and models of development
  • Factors influencing children’s development
  • The importance of atypical development


1hr 45mins

80 marks

Unit 2 – Play & Learning

  • Links between play & children’s development
  • The range of play activities & opportunities that can support children’s learning & development
  • Theoretical & philosophical approaches to play & learning which influence current practice in early years settings
  • Early years professionals involvement in children’s play opportunities, activities & learning


Unit 3 – Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care & Health Needs

  • The physical needs of children for their development and health
  • The role of early years professionals in supporting children’s physical development
  • Recognise & respond to children who are unwell
  • The role of the early years professional in supporting children with ongoing health conditions


Unit 4 – Health & Safety in Early Years Settings

  • The prevention and control of infection in early years settings
  • How to keep children safe and secure in early years settings
  • Assess health & safety risks in early years settings


Unit 8 – Safeguarding in Early Years

  • The role of early years professionals in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • The types and indicators of child abuse
  • How to respond appropriately to concerns that a child has been abused


Unit 9 – Observation, Assessment & Planning

  • The importance of observation, assessment and planning in work with children
  • Carry out and record accurate observations of children
  • Make accurate assessments from observations of children
  • Create, implement and review activity plans for children


Core Textbook:

  • Children’s Play, Learning & Development Student Book 1, Penny Tassoni, Brenda Baker, Louise Burnham.  Pearson. ISBN: 9781447970965

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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