WJEC Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core | WJEC Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
When the hard work proves successful, seeing the children’s faces when they do something they didn’t think they could do. What could be better than that?
Is this course right for me?
This programme of qualifications combines theoretical knowledge with the practical skills needed to work within the sector. Aimed at post-16 learners in Wales, working or seeking to work, in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of eight and/or NHS children’s services for those working with families and children 0-19. This includes child health settings.
- Two GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy. If you have Mathematics/Numeracy at grade C your English Language/First Language Welsh must be at a minimum of a grade D
- Entry is subject to an enhanced DBS check
- Each application is considered on individual merit
- Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
- Successful completion of relevant Level 1 programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting
- GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade D or above
- or evidence of improvement from internal GCSE/s
- Entry is subject to an enhanced DBS check
This part of the qualification will cover the core knowledge and understanding of the new All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare required to work within the childcare sector. By studying this qualification, learners will complete the following units:
- Principles and values of children’s care, play, learning and development (0-19 years)
- Health, well-being, learning and development
- Professional practice as an early years and childcare worker
- Safeguarding children
- Health and safety in children’s care, play, learning and development
Practice and Theory
The Theory is 10% of the qualification and Practice is 90% of the qualification. The units include:
- Supporting core practice in children’s care, play, learning and development
- Supporting play, learning, growth and development
- Supporting nutrition and hydration in early years
- Responding to signs of potential illness and infection/infestation
- Supporting the care of 0-2/2-3 year olds
- Working with 3-7 year olds
- Understanding children’s care, play, learning and development
- Positive approaches to behaviour support in early years
You will be required to arrange and attend over 280 hours of work placement. This is an integral and mandatory part of completing this course.
You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
- the course you are taking at College
- what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College
Wales Essential Skills Toolkit (WEST) in upskilling / Lessons in Financial Education
Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.
- Continuous assessment during the course
- Practical assessment during the course
- Portfolio of evidence
- Workplace evidence
- Written examination
Completion of this course will allow learners to work as a qualified level 2 childcare worker in a supervised capacity in a variety of roles including: Assistant Play Worker, Childminder, Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Out of School Care Worker, Learning Support Assistant, Special Needs Assistant.
Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.
- Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
- Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
- Specific branded clothing, payable at the start of your course
- Art materials - you will be told about any specific items during or before you start the course
- You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page
Any costs above are approximate and may change.