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CCPLD - Children's Care Play Learning & Development Level 3

Programme Description



The Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core, Practice and Theory qualification combines theoretical knowledge in children's care, play, learning and development with the practical skills needed to work within the sector.

The programme will be divided into 2 sections – the Core and the Theory and Practice element over a two-year programme of study.

You will be required to undertake work placement (over 2 years) working in real work environments. 

The College Assessor will carry out workplace observations to ensure you meet the specific workplace criteria and you will also need to keep a log of your work experience. 

 You will have the opportunity to improve your Welsh language skills and achieve First Aid, Food Safety   and Child Protection qualifications. You will develop your literacy, numeracy and your digital capabilities. 


Programme Features



The Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development combines theoretical knowledge in children's care, play, learning and development with the practical skills needed to work within the sector.

It is primarily designed for post-16 learners in further education who are:

  • interested in working in a support role in the childcare sector
  • returning to the workforce after a career break looking to refresh their knowledge and skills in the Childcare sector.

Learners who have not yet completed the Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core qualifications will complete the core alongside this qualification.


Progression & Employment



Learners can progress to Foundation Degrees, Employment or Apprenticeships.

The following job roles are areas which previous students have progressed to; 

  • care worker 
  • child minder 
  • nursery practitioner 
  • pre-school worker 
  • out of school childcare worker
  • Cylch Meithrin worker
  • teaching assistant 
  • primary school teacher – following progression to HE.

Programme Content



CCPLD Core 

The CCPLD Core qualification will be delivered during year 1 .

The qualification covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the new All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare and reflects a range of different roles and ages.

Completing this qualification enables learners to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of the core principles and values which underpin children's care, play, learning and development practice
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of ways of working in the children's care, play, learning and development sectors
  • develop knowledge and understanding which informs effective practice within children's care, play, learning and development
  • have the core knowledge and understanding to support progression on to further study or employment within children's care, play, learning and development.

CCPLD Theory and Practice

The CCPLD Theory and Practice qualification will be delivered during over the two years.

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification allows learners to develop the knowledge and skills required for employment and/or career progression in childcare or health settings.

It combines both practice units that are assessed within the workplace with additional theoretical knowledge. The practice element of this qualification mirrors that of the Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice qualification.

By completing this qualification, learners will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • understand, and apply in practice, the principles and values which underpin children’s care, play, learning and development
  • understand, and apply, in practice, child-centred approaches to care, play and learning
  • can promote and support child development through their own practice
  • can evaluate research and theories to support practice
  • are aware of key policies within the sector and how these affect service development and delivery
  • can work in partnership with children, their families, carers and a range of professionals
  • can reflect on practice to continuously improve
  • can apply a range of problem-solving techniques
  • can use literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills as appropriate within their role.

Learners are required to complete a minimum of 700 hours of work placement to achieve this qualification (over 2 years).


Programme Assessment



Units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which will include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

The learning outcomes for some of the units within this qualification must be assessed in a Real Work Environment. 


Programme Entry Requirements



5 GCSEs grade A*-C to include English or Welsh first language at C, and Maths minimum E (Practice Route). 

You will also require a satisfactory DBS check and character reference.

All learners will follow a Skills Pathway in which they will develop their literacy and numeracy skills for employment. Students who do not yet have the necessary GCSE grades at C or above will have additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Essential Skills Qualifications depending on prior GCSE grades.


Additional Costs



All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits