There are 3 components, 2 are internally assessed as assignments and 1 is an externally assessed examination. Learners will be able to take the examination in February and can resit in May. Component 1 and 2 are 60% and Component 3 is 40% for the whole qualification. The Components are as follows:
- Children’s Growth and Development.
- Learning Through Play
- Supporting children to play, learn and develop
The three components focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills 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.
The components are interrelated and they are best seen as part of integrated whole rather than as totally distinct study areas. Learners will normally take this qualification over a two-year period. This means that they must be given the opportunity to build their confidence in understanding the sector, vocational contexts and vocational attributes over a long period during the course of study before they are assessed.
Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment for these components has been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice. The components focus on:
- The development of core knowledge and understanding of the key features of children’s growth and development, and factors that can affect how children make progress between the ages of birth to five years old
The development and application of skills, such as using play opportunities to benefit children’s learning and development. We provide authorised assignment briefs and guidance in each component. Materials can be adapted to the local contexts (Childcare Settings in Hull) and assess assignments that provide the valid and rigorous final summative assessment for each component.
External synoptic assessment
Component 3: Supporting Children to Play, Learn and Develop, is assessed through a single external assessment. As this component builds directly on Components 1 and 2, it enables learning to be brought together and applied to realistic contexts.
The external assessment requires learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Child Development by considering how individual circumstances across the five areas of development affect a child’s ability or capacity to learn through play and meet expected development milestones. They will apply their knowledge of techniques and skills to adapt activities to meet the individual circumstances that children may experience to ensure that all children play, learn and develop.
Some examples of how learners could select and apply their learning include:
- drawing on Component 1 when considering how internal and external influences could affect a child’s learning and development
- drawing on Component 2 when planning activities to support children with additional needs to join in with play activities, and learn and develop.
The design of this external assessment ensures that there is sufficient stretch and challenge, enabling the assessment of knowledge and understanding at the end of the learning period.