Children’s Care Play Learning and Development (Practice)

Level 2
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This qualification requires prior completion of the Level 2 (Core) in Children’s Care Play Learning and Development. We also offer this as part of an apprenticeship programme.

This is a one year programme leading to a recognised qualification. Learners will either complete or have already completed the Level 2 Core in CCPLD. The practice element introduces you to an occupational area, enabling you to develop occupational competence for working in the CCPLD sector, though attendance and assessment in the workplace.

You can undertake this qualification as a newly employed member of staff in the CCPLD sector or as a volunteer. The course covers development from 0-19 however you will need to be working with children in the childcare rather than the education sector. 

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

There are four mandatory units (25 credits):

  • 200 Supporting Core Practice in Children’s Care Play Learning and Development
  • 201 Supporting play, learning, growth and development
  • 202 Supporting nutrition and hydration in the early years
  • 203 Responding to signs of potential illness and infestation/ infection

Optional units (10 credits) will then be selected to reflect the age range of the children (Optional A) and the work setting (Optional B/C) that the learner is undertaking the qualification in.

Added September 2020

Key information

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Learners will need to complete the Level 2 Core in CCPLD prior to the four formal assessments in the work setting. Learners will need a genuine interest in working in the sector and should demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm. Learners need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well motivated and self reliant.

Learners should be at least 16 years of age.

To undertake an apprenticeship you would need to be employed for a minimum of 16 hours per week in a suitable early years setting.

Course Delivery

The Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (Practice) qualification will be internally assessed through a series of assessment activities. No formal assessment will occur until you have completed the core qualification and your readiness for assessment has been agreed with the setting. Assessment of competence is undertaken in the work / placement setting by a qualified assessor.

Learners will be expected to complete a reflective log regularly over the period of your qualification, reflecting on your practice while working with the children in the setting and identifying any of your own development needs to discuss further with the setting manager/assessor. You will also be required to keep a portfolio of evidence during the assessment period.

During the six month assessment period you will also be required to plan, implement and review four opportunities/experiences suitable for the children you support, aimed to support their holistic development.

Across the four opportunities/experiences, you must show how you:

  • support a child (or children) during a period of transition
  • support an opportunity/experience in an outside environment
  • support an opportunity/experience in an inside environment
  • support an opportunity/experience that is non-routine
  • support a child on a one-to-one basis
  • support an opportunity/experience that involves more than one child.

Learners will attend college from February for one two-hour session per week either on a Monday 12pm-2pm or a Tuesday 5pm-7pm after completion of the Level 2 Core qualification. (Due to current restrictions and guidelines, attendance and session times may be amended)

The course includes compulsory work placement of a minimum of 300 hours throughout the programme (minimum of 10 hours per week starting in September when completed over one year).

Learners will follow the normal policies and procedures operating in the work placement organisation/setting, demonstrating the key principles, values and behaviours that underpin the care, play, learning and development of children within the children’s care, play, learning and development sector.

Progression Opportunities

You could progress to: 

  •  Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (Practice)
  •  Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: (Practice and Theory)

Employment opportunities include: nursery nurse, nursery assistant, playgroup assistant, Cylch Meithrin assistant

Please note that Social Care Wales requires that an individual working in the children’s health and care sector will need both

  • Level 2 CCPLD Core
  • Level 2 CCPLD Practice

to work within specific job roles. Please see their website for additional information.

Additional Information

Learners on this course will be charged for an enhanced criminal records check in line with Disclosure and Baring Service [DBS] requirements. The current cost is £44.

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