Health Social Care & Early Years

Foundation/Extended Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development, Level 3

Please note that the full time option for this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

However, if you’re an adult aged over 19, why not consider one of our part-time courses?

Course overview

Are you considering a career working with young children? Would you like a job where you can make a real difference to children’s lives? If you choose to work in early years or childcare, you will be playing a crucial role in shaping the lives of our future generations.

This is a career to be proud of and our Foundation/Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development will help you turn your dream job into reality. Our course offers you the practical skills and knowledge that you need for working within the sector.

You will study the Foundation Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development in the first year and, if you successfully complete this, you will progress into the second year, where you will complete the Extended Diploma.

As well as learning the theory in college, you will attend placement for two days per week, working with the age ranges 0-2, 2-4 and 5-8 in different childcare settings including nurseries, reception classes, pre-schools, special educational needs, and childminders.

Please note that this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs (A*-C or Grade 4/5 and above) including English and maths. Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a relevant Level 2 qualification. Entry is subject to a satisfactory reference and interview.

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.

You will also need to complete a DBS check, attend an interview and provide satisfactory references.

Course Modules

Children’s Development
Development of Communication, Literacy and & Numeracy Skills
Play and Learning
Keeping Children Safe
Working with Parents
Early Years Foundation Stage

How will I be assessed?

This course requires students to pass two exams in the first year to successfully progress on to year 2. They then need to successfully achieve a further exam in year 2 to achieve the qualification, together with other forms of assessment.

You will be assessed on an on-going basis through various methods including written assignments, case studies and presentations. During your work placement, you will complete a range of tasks for your Professional Evidence Portfolio (PEP) demonstrating that you are competent. You will also need to plan and carry out activities with children and observe their development.

You must complete over 750 work placement hours to complete the course.

What can I do next

Successful completion of the course will enable you to work with children in a variety of roles, such as a Children's Centre Worker, Nursery Nurse, Nanny, Teaching Assistant, or Learning Assistant.

It will also equip you for further study to train as a teacher or work with children with additional needs.