Child Development

Faculty: Science
Subject: OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development
Subject Leader: Miss E Hopkins, Course Leader
Staff and Responsibility: Mrs L Green

Subject Overview

This course has both practical and theoretical elements to it.  Students will learn the critical skills of critical analysis, evaluation and decision making. They will participate in practical and theory elements which will teach them to become independent learners and encourage self-confidence. It encourages knowledge and understanding of pregnancy, the needs of young children, the roles and responsibilities of parents and the key factors affecting child development.

Course Content

Coursework (50%)
Unit R019 – Equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years – Students develop knowledge and understanding of equipment to be considered for children, from birth to five years old. They will review the nutritional guidelines and requirements for children, from birth to five years old. Students will investigate and evaluate different feeding solutions for children, from birth to five years old.
Unit RO20 – Development of a child from birth to five years – Students develop knowledge and understanding the physical, intellectual and social development norms from birth to five years old. They will review the different types of play and the physical, intellectual, social and creativity benefits they provide. Students will understand how to plan, deliver and evaluate a range of different activities for specific development areas.
Examination (50%)
Unit RO18 – Health and well-being for child development – This is a one hour 15-minute exam focussing on the health and well-being for child development. Students develop an understanding of family planning, reproduction, child birth and parenthood. Students will review services available through antenatal and postnatal care.  They will evaluate the conditions needed for child development and understand how childhood illnesses can be recognised, prevented and managed. Students will also review the steps that can be taken to keep children safe.

Materials Needed

It would be beneficial for students wishing to take this course, if they have access to a child under the age of five, who they would be able to deliver an activity too.

Extended Learning

Extended learning regularly is set. It will test and extend class work activities.  It will include a range of different tasks including, research, revision, survey’s and completion of written work.

Potential Career Options

Child Development can be studied at A Level or Degree level or an apprenticeship route followed.

Potential careers include: Teaching, Nursing, Social Worker, Health Promotion Specialist, Social Policy Maker, Early Years Worker, Nursery Nurse, Care Assistant, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist, and Psychologist.



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