March 2016 CPLD and childcare update

11 March 2016

Hello and welcome to the March edition of the CPLD and childcare subject page update.

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In this month’s update we have:

  • Breakfast Briefing
  • Getting Ready to Teach events for the new September Level 3 CPLD
  • Exam timetable reminder
  • New suite of CPLD for this September
  • CPLD Networking
  • Performance tables
  • CPLD Unit 1 improvements
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Nurseries
  • FAQs.

Breakfast Briefing

I will be holding a Breakfast Briefing looking at the contents of the new CPLD Unit 10 – Reflective Practice. Please complete this form (this has passed there is no form to fill in), if you would like to take part in the breakfast briefing on April 12.

When you have completed the form, you will receive an automatic response, which includes the password and link that you need to join the meeting. Please log in to the meeting ten minutes before the scheduled starting time of 8am if possible, so that you have time to sort out any technical difficulties that you may have. 

Getting Ready to Teach events have been scheduled throughout the country for the new Level 3 CPLD starting in September. You can reserve your place on one of these now. Please be aware that some events are for new centres, for schools, or in three sections online.

CPLD  25 April 10- 4pm 15GBVQ01 London – this group is for new centres
CPLD  3 May 10- 4pm 15GBVQ02 Leeds
CPLD  9 May 4- 5pm 15GOVQ01 online event (Part 1)
CPLD  13 May 10- 4pm 15GBVQ04 London – for schools
CPLD  24 May 10- 4pm 15GBVQ02 South West
CPLD  15 June 10- 4pm 15GBVQ02 Newcastle

BTEC exam timetable 2016

Summer exam series

Qualification/Level  Unit Date  AM/PM
BTEC Firsts Level 2 CPLD Unit 1 Patterns of Child Development 24 May 2016 AM
BTEC Firsts Level 2 CPLD Unit 4 Promoting Children’s Positive Behaviour 8 June 2016 AM
BTEC Nationals Level 3 CPLD Unit 1 Child Development 17 May 2016 AM

New BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development from 2016

The new BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development specifications are now available for first teaching from September 2016. There is a specification for each size of the qualification. You can also access the Sample Assessment Materials for the externally assessed units.

There is new sample material for Unit 1 (external unit), which you can find in the course materials on the Children's Play, Learning and Development (2016) NQF qualification page. Keep an eye on this page as we are adding new resources all the time.

We are extending the last registrations date for the existing qualification to 31 December 2016 to ensure you have continuity of provision and plenty of time to plan your transition to the new qualification.

CPLD Networking Event

There is one remaining date for the CPLD Networking events, this will take place in Somerset College, Somerset on 26 April, from 10am until 1pm.

If you would like to register your attendance at this event, please email with ‘CPLD Networking Event’ in the title.

2018 performance tables

We are pleased to announce that the BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma CPLD has made it onto the 2018 Performance tables. Find out more about the latest table results

BTEC CPLD assessment improvements

As a result of feedback, improvements have been made to the external assessment Unit 1 for BTEC National CPLD (2014).

These changes will be live in the summer series exams; more information about these changes and new paperwork including a new Sample Assessment and Mark Scheme can be found on the Nursery World website

APPG for Nursery Education

An All Party Parliamentary Group has been set up to examine the role of nursery education in raising achievement and improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged children. This will impact on provision for early years, and practice changes. For more information, read this Nursery World article


Can my HNC learners gain a licence to practice with the new Advanced Practice in Early Years Education?

Existing centres offering the current Higher National Certificate (which does not confer licence to practice) can opt to transfer students over to the new Certificate (which will confer licence to practice) during the academic year. Students can then top-up to the new HND on launch next year.

As always, if you have any questions, queries or comments, please do let me know at

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