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 

Observations and planning in early years childcare



What are the key milestones in each area of development?

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

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

How do transitions affect children and how can we support?

How can these factors affect areas of development?

How do routines support holistic development?

What is the purpose of early years provision?

How can the key person support children in the setting?

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

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 methods can we use to observe children's development?

How do observations support child development?

How do we use observations to plan further 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 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