Children Play Learning & Development

About the course

BTEC Children’s play, Learning and Development lays a foundation for students who want to work in the Early Years Foundation stages of education. The course is popular and effective because it allows learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern day workplace. Skills include team-working; working from, a prescribed brief; working to deadlines and presenting information effectively.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to apply knowledge, skills and understanding in work-related contexts. To be able to link education and the work of work in practical ways, whilst enhancing their English, mathematical and ICT competence in relevant applied scenarios. To support learners’ development of interpersonal skills, such as working with others, problem solving, independent study and personal learning and thinking skills. Providing learners with a route through education that has clear progression pathways into higher education or employment

Entry Requirements

Students MUST have grade C or above in English and mathematics.

Progression Opportunities

The course underpins the knowledge of child development and related theories of child development, enabling learners to gain and develop skills such as observation, assessment skills and reflective skills, which are held in high esteem by employers and higher education institutions. Past students have gone onto university to do nursing, child care in nurseries, midwifery and teaching.

Why Grace Academy?

The course was set up in 2010 and our children’s play and learning staff have the knowledge and the passion to make sure that students are well supported at each level of study.

Additional Information

Students will spend 50 hours (2 weeks) at a local primary school, working either in reception or nursery. They will record their work placement in a practical evidence portfolio. Students will be expected to research topics for themselves.

What support will be provided?

Grace Academy’s teaching and learning policy underpins all the work done by students at the Academy. Experienced staff will provide a safe and supportive learning environment in which students can explore and achieve their true potential. You will be expected to work hard and independently at times, and to meet deadlines promptly.

Students’ behaviour is good. They are friendly and respectful towards adults and each other

Ofsted, May 2015 View our success stories