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Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory

Level 2

Who is the qualification for?

The Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory qualification combines theoretical knowledge in children's care, play, learning and development with the practical skills needed to work within the sector.

It is designed for post-16 learners in further education who are:

  • interested in working in a support role in the childcare sector
  • studying, or have completed Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core qualification
  • returning to the workforce after a career break looking to refresh their knowledge and skills in the Childcare sector

This qualification is suitable for learners who have no previous knowledge of the children's care, play, learning and development sectors or who have achieved a Level 1 qualification.

Learners who have not yet completed the Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core qualifications are strongly advised to do so prior to or alongside this qualification.

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification allows learners to develop the knowledge and skills required for employment and/or career progression in childcare or health settings.

It combines both practice units that are assessed within the workplace with additional theoretical knowledge. The practice element of this qualification mirrors that of the Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice qualification.

Topics include:

  • supporting core practice in children’s care, play, learning and development
  • supporting play, learning, growth and development
  • supporting nutrition and hydration in early years
  • responding to signs of potential illness and infestation/infection
  • children’s health, well-being and development, 0-19 years, and factors that support health, well-being and development
  • the role and value of social care, education and health services available in Wales to support with children's care, health, well-being and development needs

Qualification structure and assessment

The Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory is credit based and allows learners to combine mandatory units with a wide-range of optional units depending on their work placement or future career aspirations.

The mandatory practice based units are:

Unit Number

Unit Title

Assessment

Credit

200

Supporting core practice in children’s care, play, learning and development

Internal

14

201

Supporting play, learning, growth and development

Internal

4

202

Supporting nutrition and hydration in early years

Internal

4

203

Responding to signs of potential illness and infestation/infection

Internal

3

and at least one from the following:

204

Supporting the care of 0-2 year olds

Internal

3

205

Supporting the care of 2-3 year olds

Internal

3

206

Working with 3-7 year olds

Internal

4

 

The mandatory theory unit is:

Unit Number

Unit Title

Assessment

Credit

Unit 216

Understanding Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development

External

5

 

The Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory is assessed through 90% internal assessment and 10% external assessment. Candidates must successfully complete:

  • an externally set, internally marked set of tasks
  • a portfolio of evidence
  • a discussion with their assessor
  • an external examination (assessing content from Unit 216)

An assessment pack detailing the requirements of the internal assessment can be downloaded from the key documents and supporting materials tab.

What could the qualification lead to?

Completion of the Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory qualification will allow learners to work as a qualified Level 2 Childcare worker in a supervised capacity. Learners may also choose to progress to the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice
  • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
  • Level 3 GCE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare

Contact us

Allison Candy

Subject Officer
HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk
029 2240 4264

Tania Lucas

Subject Support Officer
HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk
029 2240 4264

Key Documents & Course Materials

Specification

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Sample Assessment Materials (External)

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Assessment Pack

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Course Materials

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Upcoming training and events:

Here you will find the latest information on Professional Development events and learning opportunities for this qualification.

Training and events materials archive:

Did you miss one of our previous CPD training events? Find all of the relevant materials from our latest sessions below:

CPD Presentation - Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory

Here is a video recording of the key messages shared at the qualification(s) launch event along with supporting materials.

Click here to gain access to our online CPD webinar recording.

To view the webinar you will need:

  • An up to date browser, such as Internet Explorer 8 (or later)
  • Adobe Connect and an Adobe plug-in installed
  • Use this link to download the software needed. (Please contact your IT Technician if you do not have the rights for your PC to install software)

CPD Presentation - Level 2: Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory (Curriculum and Assessment Overview)

Here is a video recording of the key messages shared at the event along with supporting materials.

All Materials presented during the event can be accessed from the download pod within the video.

Click here to gain access to our online CPD webinar recording.

To view the webinar you will need:

  • An up to date browser, such as Internet Explorer 8 (or later)
  • Adobe Connect and an Adobe plug-in installed
  • Use this link to download the software needed. (Please contact your IT Technician if you do not have the rights for your PC to install software)

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