The Teaching & Entertaining Pre-School Children Course will help students to gain important information and background knowledge regarding the development of children. The course will also give you a wealth of ideas for activities that promote learning in the child.

As any parent knows, the early years of a child’s life are absolutely crucial to that child’s future health and happiness. It’s also a well-known fact that ‘play’ is a vital component in the development of the child, and it is through play that children learn so many things about the world around them. Now thanks to this interesting and engaging home study, you could learn how to play an important part in the development of pre-school children.

Whether you are an acting childcare practitioner or simply a loving parent, this course is right for you. It will give you valuable help and advice on a range of activities designed to entertain children under the age of five. It’s fascinating but true that children learn more in their first few years than at any other time in their life. That’s why it is vital that the adults around them learn how to provide them with the opportunities and resources that feed their vivid imagination.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following 8 Units:-

  • Unit One - The Stages Of Development

The following topics are covered: Physical stages, Intellectual stages; Language; Emotional; Social; and Factors which affect growth and development.

  • Unit Two - Observation & Assessment Of Children

The following topics are covered: Types of observation; and Methods of observation.

  • Unit Three - Supporting Children

The following topics are covered: Gifted children; Talented children; and Exploring the senses. 

  • Unit Four - Early Numeracy

The following topics are covered: Shape and size; Measurements; Money; and Time.

  • Unit Five - Early Literacy

The following topics are covered: Language and communication; Linking sounds and letters; Reading; Writing; and English as an additional language.

  • Unit Six - Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The following topics are covered: Forming relationships; Sense of community; Exploring cultures and religions; Equal Opportunities; Recognising and dealing with emotions; Growing independence; Facing up to fears; Self confidence and self esteem.

  • Unit Seven - Physical Development, Intellectual Development & Creative Development

The following topics are covered: Fresh air and exercise; Indoor physical play; Outdoor physical play; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Science and Technology; Cooking; Feeding the imagination; Painting, drawing, printing, collage and model making; Music; and Role play.

  • Unit Eight – Prompting Safe Play

The following topics are covered: Child rights and protection; Health and Safety; Dangers online; Television; Guns and toy weapons; and Bullying.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Teaching & Entertaining Pre-School Children Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

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 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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