Childcare - Pearson BTEC L1/L2

Subject Leader:  Charlotte Billyeald

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development gives learners the opportunity to develop applied knowledge and understanding of child development and growth up to the age of five, how children learn through play and how meeting the needs of individual children will support their development, play and learning. In a practical learning environment, learners will have the opportunity to develop applied knowledge in the following areas:

● the characteristics of children’s development from birth up to five years

● factors that affect growth and development

● the importance of play

● how play promotes children’s learning and development

 ● reasons why children may need support

● child-friendly environments to support play, learning and development in children from birth to five years old

● supporting all children to learn and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, and adapting activities to support children’s play, learning and development.

This Tech Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE English.  It is a practical introduction to the application of play opportunities for the learning and development of children in a variety of environments.

What can the qualification lead to?

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

● A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects

study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC Level 3 National in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or a vocational qualification in a related sector such as a BTEC Level 3 National in Health and Social Care. These qualifications prepare learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or for a move to higher education to study a degree in early childhood, childhood and youth areas or in related sectors such as nursing and social care. Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

 ● study at Level 2 post-16 through a technical qualification, such as the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Assistant). Learners who perform well in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead to employment in the early years sector

 ● study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, progression to employment via apprenticeships or further study at Level 3

Components Learners are required to complete and achieve all three components in the qualification.

Component Number

Component title


How assessed


Children’s Growth and Development




Learning Through Play




Supporting Children to Play, Learn and Develop




The three components focus on the assessment of applied knowledge and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and, therefore, learners need to achieve all components in order to achieve the qualification.


Learners will complete weekly homework tasks that aim to consolidate learning in the form of research tasks, planning activities, completion of worksheets or exam questions.


Mrs Billyeald