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Children’s Care, play, learning and development: core Level 2

Programme Description

The Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core qualification has been designed for post-16 learners in Wales, working or seeking to work, in:

  • regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of 8
  • NHS children's services for those working with families and children 0-19. This includes child health settings.


This qualification is suitable for learners who have achieved a Level 1 qualification or who have no previous knowledge of the children's care, play, learning and development sectors.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  1 Year

 Aberystwyth & Cardigan Campus

Programme Features

This is a flexible course, designed to suit learners who prefer to continue working alongside the qualification.

The course is a required element to progress onto the practice component: Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice.

Progression & Employment

This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within this sector. Learner progression could include further study onto Level 2 CCPLD: Practice; Level 3 CCPLD: Practice, an apprenticeship or employment. 

The level of progression will depend on the overall success achieved in the qualification.

Programme Content

The qualification maps to the content of the new All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare.

Key areas:

  • knowledge and understanding of the core principles and values which underpin children's care, play, learning and development practice
  • knowledge and understanding of ways of working in the children's care, play, learning and development sectors
  • knowledge and understanding which informs effective practice

core knowledge and understanding to support progression to further study or employment within children's care, play, learning and development.

Method of Assessment

The Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: core qualification is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment. Candidates must successfully complete:

  • three externally set, internal scenario-based assessments; and
  • one externally set, externally marked multiple-choice test.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to undertake a successful interview and be formally assessed using the WEST toolkit. You will also require a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

Additional Costs

You will need to provide your own stationery.

Sufficient time must be permitted by the workplace to allow regular meetings between Assessor, learner and Manager.