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22 Months
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CCPLD-Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development Level 3

Course Objective/Overview

This programme assesses and develops the knowledge and skills of those employed working with children in settings or services where the main purpose is care, learning and development through play e.g. nurseries, day-care, crèches, or childminders. The level 3 is suitable for people who operate more autonomously, undertaking curriculum planning, activity planning and some aspects of staff supervision. Suitable candidates will be a Nursery Practitioner, Room Leader or Crèche Leader.

Course Delivery

The qualification is divided into two components: the Core qualification, which develops and assesses your knowledge and the Practice qualification, which focuses on and assesses your practical competencies; the latter is delivered via self-directed study (for example, producing plans, observations and reflections). An assessor will visit the candidate at their workplace once a month for a minimum of 3 hours. In addition to this, they will be set approximately 6 hours of work to complete before the next visit. The learners will have to have an allocated mentor to carry out planning meetings and who will support the learner throughout the qualification and meet with the learner for a minimum of 1 hour a week.

CCPLD Level 3: Core Qualification Learners will be visited by an assigned assessor in their workplace once a month for a minimum of 3 hours. Learners will be required to be away from the children for these visits. Assessment: Learners will undertake three 60-minute assessments as well as one 75-minute multi-choice test. These can be carried out in the workplace as long as an appropriate environment is provided. If this isn’t possible, the learner will need to attend ACT’s Head Office for assessment. Twilight sessions will also be offered.

CCPLD Level 3: Practice Qualification To achieve the Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development, the candidate must achieve the mandatory units as well as a number of role-related optional units. The Practice Qualification requires learners to be observed in their workplace to confirm competency and implement what they’ve learnt during the Core qualification. These sessions will take approximately 2 hours each month.

Example time frame:



Time Frame


IALP and Induction

60 minutes

Deliver Unit 1

120 minutes


Deliver Unit 2

90 minutes

Case Study prep for assessment (2 weeks before)

 30 minutes


Carry out assessment 1

60 minutes

Deliver Unit 3

90 minutes

Case Study prep for assessment (2 weeks before)

30 minutes


Carry out assessment 2 

60 minutes

Deliver Unit 4

90 minutes

Case Study prep for assessment (2 weeks before)

30 minutes


Carry out assessment 3

60 minutes

Deliver Unit 5

90 minutes


Multiple Choice test

75 minutes

Carry out visits if needed


7 to 21

Monthly visits from assessor who will support you to carry out observations and assessments in a real working environment

Up to 120 minutes


Professional discussion and end of course questionnaire

60 minutes

Key Topics/Mandatory Units

Promoting core practice in children’s care, play, learning and development

Promoting play, growth and development

Promoting nutrition and hydration in early years

Responding to childhood illness, infestation/infection, disease and immunisation

Course Duration

22 months, the first six months will cover the Core


Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development Level 3 (CCPLD)


ACT, Ocean Park House, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF24 5ET.

T 029 2046 4727  E 

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