Level 1
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
27 hours

Assessment Guidance



Young children love craft activities. This unit introduces the learner to a range of craft activities for children of different ages. It considers the benefits to their development and any health and safety issues that need to be taken into account when providing equipment and materials.

Unit Learning Outcomes


Know the benefits of craft activities for young children.

Additional details

Learners need to know craft activities that are appropriate for children of different ages and the benefits that each activity may offer. 

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1
    List craft activities suitable for the following aged children:
    • babies over 6 months
    • young children 1 to 2 years
    • young children 3 to 5 years.
  • 1.2
    Describe a craft activity for each age range.
  • 1.3
    Identify the benefits for the young child for each activity described.


Understand health and safety when providing craft activities for young children.

Additional details

The health and safety of a young child is paramount particularly when they are working with different materials or equipment such as scissors. Learners should be able to identify potential risks and how to deal with them. For example very young children will put objects into their mouths. If using paint it must be appropriate for children and non toxic. 

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1
    List aspects of health and safety risks that need to be considered when providing craft activities for young children.
  • 2.2
    Identify how to deal with the health and safety risks listed in relation to craft activities.
  • 2.3
    Identify the support a young child may need when carrying out craft activities in relation to health and safety.


Know the learning which young children can gain from craft activities.

Additional details

Learners do not need an in-depth knowledge of the learning a child can gain from craft activities however it may be helpful to group the benefits according to the main areas of development. For example:

  • physical development - holding a brush requires fine motor skills, using scissors improves co-ordination
  • emotional development - it is fun, satisfying, frustrating
  • social development - children can work together on activities, opportunity to work with an adult
  • communication - craft activities can be a form of communication e.g. drawing; talking with other children, sharing ideas etc

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1
    Identify what would be the expected learning for the child in each craft activity described.