Education & Childcare T Level

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Getting Ahead

Education & Childcare T Level at Alton Campus

Welcome to Early Years Education. We are looking forward to meeting you in the next academic year. Below are activities that will allow you to make the best start to this subject area. We look forward to seeing them when you start.

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Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.’ (https://www.playengland.org.uk/charter-for-play).

Write an essay on the importance of play to babies’ and young children’s learning and development. You should include how play supports the different areas of development you have researched to complete the child development booklet. The essay should be between 500-750 words and should be in your own words. The task should be brought to your enrolment interview.

Research the meaning of the following key words used in Early Years:

Key Term Definition
Development  

 

Growth  

 

Developmental Milestones  

 

Rate of Development  

 

Sequence of Development  

 

Maturation  

 

Developmental Norms  

 

 

Research the definition of each of the following areas of development:

Area of Development Definition
Physical Development, including Fine and Gross Motor Skills  

 

Cognitive Development  

 

Language Development, including  Receptive Language and Expressive Language  

 

Emotional Development  

 

Brain Development  

 

Note what children in each of the age categories below should be achieving at each of the following developmental stages:

Age Social Development
0-1 months  

 

2-3 months  

 

3-6 months  

 

6-9 months  

 

9-12 months  

 

12-18 months  

 

18 months – 2 years  

 

2-3 years  

 

3-4 years  

 

4-5 years  

 

5-7 years  

 

 

Age Physical Development
0-1 months  

 

2-3 months  

 

3-6 months  

 

6-9 months  

 

9-12 months  

 

12-18 months  

 

18 months – 2 years  

 

2-3 years  

 

3-4 years  

 

4-5 years  

 

5-7 years  

 

 

Age Cognitive Development
0-1 months  

 

2-3 months  

 

3-6 months  

 

6-9 months  

 

9-12 months  

 

12-18 months  

 

18 months – 2 years  

 

2-3 years  

 

3-4 years  

 

4-5 years  

 

5-7 years  

 

 

Age Language Development – Receptive and Expressive Development
0-1 months  

 

2-3 months  

 

3-6 months  

 

6-9 months  

 

9-12 months  

 

12-18 months  

 

18 months – 2 years  

 

2-3 years  

 

3-4 years  

 

4-5 years  

 

5-7 years  

 

 

Age Emotional Development
0-1 months  

 

2-3 months  

 

3-6 months  

 

6-9 months  

 

9-12 months  

 

12-18 months  

 

18 months – 2 years  

 

2-3 years  

 

3-4 years  

 

4-5 years  

 

5-7 years  

 

 

Age Brain Development
0-1 months  

 

2-3 months  

 

3-6 months  

 

6-9 months  

 

9-12 months  

 

12-18 months  

 

18 months – 2 years  

 

2-3 years  

 

3-4 years  

 

4-5 years  

 

5-7 years  

 

Design and create a storybook for a child between 4 and 5 years old to increase their interest in reading.


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