Child Development

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

Subject Overview

Child Development provides students with a more vocational perspective and offers students the chance to obtain a qualification that meets both their individual aptitudes and interests. It prepares students for higher education or the world of work, opening career opportunities in areas such as childcare, nursing, midwifery and teaching.

Our chosen course will inspire and equip students with independence and confidence in using skills that are relevant to the childcare sector and more widely. It covers all aspects of child development, from conception to five years, as well as providing safe and nurturing environments.

Course Content

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.

Coursework (60%)
Unit R058 – Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years – In this unit students will learn how to create a safe environment for children from birth to five years in childcare settings. Students will investigate and choose equipment that is both suitable and safe for use and will learn about their nutrition and dietary needs. This unit is assessed via coursework produced independently by students.
Unit RO59 – Understand the development of a child from one to five years – In this unit students will learn the expected developmental norms for children from one to five years. Students will use observation and research techniques and skills to investigate these development norms and explore your findings. Students will also learn the importance of creating plans and providing different play activities to support children in their development. This unit is assessed via coursework produced independently by students.
Examination (40%)
Unit RO57 – Health and well-being for child development – In this unit students will learn about the importance of both pre-conception health and creating conditions in which a child can thrive, including the prevention and management of childhood illnesses and creating a safe environment. This unit is assessed via a 1 hour and 15-minute exam sat at the end of Year 11.

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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