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Childcare BTEC Level 2
Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment and Coursework 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs at A*-D grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language and Maths.

Childcare BTEC Level 2

This course is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed for supervised employment in early year settings. It is ideal for learners who would like to work with children and their families, in a variety of different early years settings - for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools.

About the Course

This course offers an insight into the Child Care sector and provides the opportunity to develop the skills, personal qualities and experience that will help prepare you for further study or employment in this area. You will study a wide range of subjects relating to children’s play, learning and development.

Key Units

The BTEC First Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development consists of two core units, two mandatory units and five specialist units.

The core units are:

  • Unit 1: Patterns of Child Development – External Assessment
  • Unit 2: Promoting Children’s Development Through Play

The mandatory units are:
  • Unit 3: The Principles of Early Years Practice
  • Unit 4: Promoting Children’s Positive Behaviour – External Assessment

Specialist units are:
  • Unit 5: Health & Safety in Early Years Settings
  • Unit 6: Supporting Children’s Language and Literacy Development 
  • Unit 7: Making Healthy Food Choices for Children

On your programme you will also study Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-D grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language and Maths.


This course is assessed by mainly coursework and two exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, examinations, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks.

Where does this Lead

Where can it lead?
On successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation, learners will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development. Alternatively, learners may decide to enter employment within the early years sector in job roles such as assistants in pre -school, children's centres, day nurseries or nursery schools.

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Will the course suit me?
An ideal person for this course is one who is interested in caring for children. It is an advantage to be a patient person who enjoys helping others and working as part of a team.