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Coronavirus update for customers

NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation, and educational and skills support training.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, QAA, and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on or 0300 999 1177.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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Play and Child Development

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Understand children’s key stages of development.

  • 1.1 - Explain the key stages of development of children:
    a) 0-2 years
    b) 2-4 years
    c) 4-7 years 11 months. 
  • 1.2 - Explain the early learning goals and key stages for a given setting.
  • 1.3 - Evaluate major theories in child development.
  • 1.4 - Analyse the factors that affect a child’s development.

Understand the importance of providing suitable resources and play activities for children.

  • 2.1 - Produce a planned play activity for children. 
  • 2.2 - Critically compare resources needed for the play activity.
  • 2.3 - Evaluate how equal opportunities and inclusion can be promoted in the activity.
  • 2.4 - Evaluate the types of play involved in the activity.
  • 2.5 - Explain how these promote children’s learning and development.

Understand the nature and function of play in a childcare setting.

  • 3.1 - Evaluate the major areas of play for children.
  • 3.2 - Explain how play enables children to be active learners.
  • 3.3 - Evaluate the different play activities suitable for:
    a) 0-2 years
    b) 2-4 years
    c) 4-7 years 11 months.
  • 3.4 - Explain how play promotes achievement in a child’s development.


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