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BTEC NQF Level 2 Certificate Children's Play, Learning and Development
The BTEC First Certificate is a work-related qualification. Students studying this course could use it as a basis for working in the area of child care.
The course is divided into three units:
- Patterns of Child Development
- Promoting Children's Development through Play
- The Principles of Early Years Practice.
Assessment and Reporting
Assessment is mainly by coursework (66.6%) which is divided into 2 core units of work. The other unit is an examination (33.3%). Marks are awarded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction which is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade at A*-G.
Students will be expected to complete weekly tasks of the following nature – Research Tasks, Questions, Worksheets. These should be approximately 30 minutes in length.
Maximum of 20 students in each class. Students will be in mixed ability classes.
How Parents Can Help Students
Parents can help monitor the progress of their student by referring to the unit assignment and checking their progress against the submission date. A copy of the grading grid will be included in each unit assignment to help with parental and student assessment.
Identify and promote the reading of articles found in newspapers and magazines related to the subject topic.
It will be very useful if parents are aware of each of the three unit deadlines.
Under supervision students could watch TV programmes about related issues and programmes advertised as relating to child development or child care.