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

Level 2

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is practice based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice in employment or a work placement.

The qualification is designed for:

  • learners from 16 years of age who are interested in working in a support role in the Childcare sector
  • learners who are studying, or have completed Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core
  • learners already in work and undertaking Level 2 roles and responsibilities
  • learners returning to the workforce after a career break looking to refresh their knowledge and skills in the Childcare sector

Learners are strongly recommended to complete the Level 2 Childcare, Play, Learning and Development: Core qualification prior to or alongside this qualification.

Learners not yet in employment must complete a minimum of 280 hours work placement; this must be in a Level 2 role working with children under the age of 8 years.

What will the qualification cover?

The content for this qualification is still being finalised although the following themes are likely to be included:

  • principles and values
  • safeguarding
  • health and safety
  • health, well-being, learning and development
  • professional practice


Qualification structure and assessment

The qualification contains both mandatory and optional units and is assessed using a portfolio of evidence that includes observation of practice and internally assessed tasks.

What could the qualification lead to?

Completion of the Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice qualification enables learners to work as a qualified Level 2 childcare worker in a supervised capacity. The qualification could also lead to:

  • progression to further education
  • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice
  • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
  • Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development.

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0844 543 0033 (option 3)

Key Documents & Course Materials

Qualification Handbook

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Assessment Pack

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Qualification Delivery Guide

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Assessment Resource Pack

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CPD Presentation - Level 2 and 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice

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