Early Years

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn". O. Fred Donaldson

Early Years Is...

Early Years is a subject which provides deep knowledge and understanding of child development for use in both personal and professional fields to enhance the life chances of others.

The curriculum focuses on the holistic development of young children. Students learn about the stages of child development; the necessity for fairness and inclusive practice; and factors that can affect a child’s development. In addition, students deepen their knowledge through completing work placements. We empower our students to make a positive and long lasting impact on the lives of others.


Sequence of Learning



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2



The expected pattern of holistic development 0-5 years

Early years provision for children 

Roles and responsibilities/ Observations and planning in early years childcare





What are the main areas of development? 

What are the key milestones in each area of development?

How can we support children’s learning and development in all areas?

How do transitions affect children and how can we support?

What are the strategies to support transitions?

How can biological and environmental factors affect areas of development?

How can the key person support children in the setting?

What is the purpose of early years provision?



How do routines support holistic development?

How can we use everyday care routines to support children's health, safety and independence?

What are the roles and responsibilities of an early years practitioner? 


How does partnership working benefit the child, family and practitioner? 

What are the specialist roles within/ outside the early years setting? 

What are the key legislations and policies and procedures in early years?

What are the roles and responsibilities of an early years practitioner?

How partnership working benefits the child, family and practitioner?

What methods can we use to observe children's development?

How do observations support child development?


Early years provision for children


The role of the EYW and safeguarding

Individual needs and Inclusive practice

Learning styles and study skills



What do statutory, private and voluntary services provide?


How do we prepare for placement?

What are the key issues when preparing for placement?

What are the responsibilities of the EYP?

 How do policies and procedures safeguard children in the setting?

What are individual needs?

 How can we be inclusive in the setting?

What is metacognition?

 Why is it important to reflect on our professional practice? 

Complete unit 1 assignment


 Revision of all units and exams


GCSE Exams: Cache NCFE  Unit 3- Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care