Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development with Specialism

Level 4

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is practice-based for experienced staff looking to enrich and extend their knowledge and skills in a particular area of Childcare relevant to their work setting. Learners need to be in relevant employment to undertake this qualification, as it cannot be undertaken on a work placement. The qualification is suitable for:

  • experienced staff in employment in the Childcare sector who are looking to extend their skills and knowledge in a particular area of practice
  • learners who have successfully completed either:
    • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play Learning and Development: Practice
    • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
    • learners who have successfully completed a legacy qualification listed in the Social Care Wales – Qualification Framework for Social Care and Regulated Childcare in Wales


What will the qualification cover?

The qualification provides the opportunity to enhance the learners' skills by using a range of units appropriate to a particular area of practice, approach or intervention model. The available units are being finalised in collaboration with stakeholders and the Childcare sector as part of the qualification development process.

Qualification structure and assessment

The final structure will be confirmed shortly.

This qualification contains both internal and external assessments. Internal assessment will be via a portfolio of evidence including direct observation of practice supported by reflective tasks and the external assessment will be via a holistic project.

What could the qualification lead to?

The qualification recognises specialist skills for progression onto:

  • further study in an area of Childcare practice
  • Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development qualification (this title is subject to change)

Opportunities for further study and professional training are being explored with universities across Wales.

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