Child Development

 Head of Child Development Mrs V Farage

Child Development runs at Key Stage Four. Please see the drop down menus below which explain the courses currently available.  


Brief Overview of the Child Development Course

GCSE: Cambridge National Child Development Level 1/2 Certificate in Child Development


The Qualification

This qualification is equivalent to a GCSE in both size and in rigour. It will fit into a study programme at Key Stage 4.

This qualification is for students aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development.


Unit 1 - Written Examination

All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other Child Development qualifications.


Unit 2 - Coursework

In Unit 2, students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. This unit also includes a practical to learn to sterilise and make up bottles of formula milk.



Unit 3 Coursework

In Unit 3, students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit will include researching, planning, carrying out activities with children and observing and reviewing these activities, as well as an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development. For this section, students need to identify a child under five to visit several times.  This is completed in the student’s own time over 3 months.





Enrichment Activities

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How the course is made up

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What grades will I be awarded

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Performance descriptor

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Child Development Flyer 2017.pdf 18th Jul 2017 Download
Child Development Curriculum Intent 12th Jul 2021 Download
Child Dev Curriculum map 17th Mar 2022 Download