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The qualification is practice-based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice in employment.
This qualification is primarily for those working, or seeking to work in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of 8 years and NHS children’s services for those working with families and children aged 0-19 years.
This qualification is practice-based and assesses learners’ knowledge and practice. It is designed for learners in work based learning. The qualification will assess learners’ knowledge and practice through their work who will be able to demonstrate that they:
It is suitable for:
It is strongly encouraged that learners will have completed the core qualification prior to, or alongside Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice as this will be a requirement for practice set by Social Care Wales.
It is also a feature of the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (Wales).
The mandatory content of the qualification is aligned to the All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare with a specific practical focus on children under the age of 8yrs supported by knowledge and understanding of child development up to the age of 18yrs. Learners. The following topics are featured as mandatory:
The qualification contains both mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units provide the essential knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be able to respond to the needs of children up to the age of 8yrs.
The optional units enable the learner to focus their learning and skills develop on key areas of interest relating to the children’s needs, including language immersion, supporting families to develop parenting skills and supporting children with additional needs.
A range of healthcare units have been included to reflect the complex needs of some children who are accessing community based services
To achieve the Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice learners must achieve a minimum of 50 credits in total
Learners must successfully complete:
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, in a leadership role.
The qualification prepares learners to progress to:
Opportunities for further study and professional training are being explored with universities across Wales, including Certificates in Higher Education.
Learners may also be interested, and want to progress to:
Learners must meet additional age and experience related requirements before progressing to some leadership roles in this sector.
Introduction to the Level 3 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice qualification – a learner/student guide
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