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Level 3: Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice

Level 3

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is practice-based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice in employment or a work placement. It is suitable for the following:

  • learners working in a childcare setting undertaking Level 3 roles and responsibilities and learners in full time study undertaking work placements in childcare
  • learners who have achieved the Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core or Practice qualification
  • those working in Flying Start, and those delivering the curriculum for 3-7 year olds in Wales
  • learners who hold a legacy qualification as listed by Social Care Wales in the Qualifications Framework for Social Care and Regulated Childcare in Wales

Learners not yet in employment must complete a minimum of 700 hours work placement; this must be in a Level 3 role working with children under the age of 8 years. Hours undertaken whilst in a Level 2 role cannot contribute to total requirement.

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
  • health, well-being, learning and development
  • professional practice
  • safeguarding children
  • health and safety
  • child development
  • speech, language and communication
  • supporting children (nutrition and hydration)

 

Qualification structure and assessment

The qualification contains both mandatory and optional units. It will be assessed using a portfolio of evidence that includes direct observation of practice as well as internally assessed tasks.

What could the qualification lead to?

Completion of the Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice qualification enables learners to work as a qualified Level 3 childcare worker in an unsupervised capacity and in many work settings to undertake a leadership role. The qualification could also lead to:

  • Level 4 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development with Specialism. (This qualification title is subject to change)
  • Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (This qualification title is subject to change)
  • Opportunities for further study and professional training are being explored with universities across Wales

Learners may also be interested in other qualifications within the suite including:

  • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People)
  • Advanced GCE and Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare

 

Please find the key documents and course materials for this qualification below:

Qualification Handbook

Qualification Delivery Guide

Assessment Pack

Upcoming training and events:

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Training and events materials archive:

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

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