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Observing Assessing and Planning for Children Level 3

Observing Assessing and Planning for Children Level 3

[ UCLD01 ]



This course has been developed for those already working in the Child Care sector and for those who hope to, perhaps as a Home Practitioner, where the responsibilities involve the close observation of children’s development. The course will provide the knowledge necessary to carry out these duties professionally and thoroughly.

•Course Length - 12 Months
•Award Received - Level 3 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
•Course Code: UCLD01


The course has been written for UK Distance Learning and Publishing, one of the UK’s leading distance learning companies, by a specialist working and teaching in this sector. Its general aim is to help the student to understand and develop their knowledge of observing and assessing children so that they are able to use their findings to plan effectively for the play and education of the children they work with.

Child care practitioners have a responsibility to know how to observe the children in their care in order to be able to successfully assess the stage of development they are at, and plan for their future.

This course will help students to understand the importance of observing and assessing children and will encourage them to use what they have developed to further plan for the child’s future.


•Critically explore the developmental milestones of a child
•Understand your responsibilities towards observing, assessing and planning for children
•Evaluate the importance of effective observation
•Explore the aims and objectives of observing children
•Describe the different observational techniques
•Identify which observation methods are better suited to which situation
•Experiment with a variety of observational techniques
•Describe how to assess children
•Analyse the importance of confidentiality and obtaining permission
•Identify ways of effectively using your findings to plan for the child’s future learning
•Understand how to extend observations
•Be confident linking observations to theoretical perspectives
•Identify ways of linking observations to the Early Years Foundation Stage
•Describe the Early Learning Goals

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales

 The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
You will get full tutor support via email
You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors
You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor

 The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

 This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

 You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.




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