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Mission Statement

Children’s Play Learning and Development (CPLD) opens students minds, looking in depth at how children are growing learning and developing every day. They understand that children’s earliest experiences shape their life chances and how it is vital that children receive the best possible early year’s education and care.

It is about a large study of many facets covering ways in which children gain skills and abilities. It covers processes such as child development of language and thinking. The students get to understand children’s behaviour, meet their needs and appreciate ways that they can plan for children. Students are introduced to aspects of play and make links between play and a child’s development. How different play activities can support and encourage children’s development.

To look at how they can keep children fit and healthy, through learning and developing encouraging children. Looking at principles of children’s development and how to provide and meet their physical needs. To be able to recognise when children are unwell and how to support children who may have a long term medical condition. Health and Safety Practice in Early Years Settings highlights to the students how to keep children safe from accidents ad disease. Collaboration with parents, colleagues and other professionals in Early Years. This unit looks at how babies and children are surrounded by people who play an important part in their lives. They understand the impact of parental rights, views and experiences, how to work with parents and understand the role of other professional in families’ lives.


Key Stage 5

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 12

Unit 1
Child Development

  • Principles of growth
  • Definition of development
  • Principles of development
  • Practitioners
  • Five areas of development
  • Norms
Unit 1

  • Cultural environment
  • Theories-behaviours
  • Theories – cognition and language
  • Theories – self-esteem
  • Theories –  moral
  • Theories –


Unit 1

  • Theories- attachment
  • range of factors
  • delayed development
  • poverty
  • education
Unit 1

  • Pre-natal factors
  • biological factors
  • Social/political factors
  • Cultural factors
  • Emotional factors
  • Stresses
  • Delayed development (areas)
 Unit 1

  • Unit 1 exam prep for child development
 Unit 3
Start yr 13  

  • Children’s basic needs
  • Health impacts on G&D
  • Importance of:



Unit 2
Play in early years setting

  • importance of play
  • play links to development
  • child-initiated
  • Mildred Parten’s theory
Unit 2

  • Types of play
  • skills
  • Opportunities 0-2yrs
  • Opportunities 2-8 yrs
Unit 2

  • Resources Definitions
  • Theoretical approaches
 Unit 2

  • Philosophical approaches
  • Other approaches


Unit 2 Role of adults

  • Benefits-adult involvement
  • Skills
  • children’s individual needs
  • keeping children safe

Learning Resources

  • YouTube Clips
  • Books
  • PowerPoints
  • Case Notes
  • Early Years Curriculum/Framework

Meet the Staff

  • Mrs D. Jones – Teacher of Health & Social Care/Childcare

Enrichment Activites

Challenge days: Students carry out practical activities creating different resources that children make within an early years classroom. Students put into practice what they have learnt.
Parachute activity: team building, confidence and fun.

Last updated: January 2015