Child Development

Child Development is a popular option choice at KS4.

It focuses on pre-conception to five years of age.


Mrs N Bennett



Students will follow a vocationally related qualification known as the Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development; this is at a level equivalent to GCSE.  Cambridge Nationals are designed to fit into the curriculum and to offer the same size, rigour and performance points as GCSE’s. They will form a key part of any student’s Progress 8 and Attainment 8 approved subjects. They are recognised by Ofqual, DfE and 16-19 providers as progression to A Level, Further Education or on to an apprenticeship.

This qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The course is industry relevant and geared to key sector requirements and suits a broad range of learning styles and abilities. The course has been created by the exam board (OCR) in partnership with teachers, education specialists and industry-leading employers to create a qualification that offers students a solid foundation for their future studies and careers; the provision of essential knowledge, combined with transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects, will enhance their employability when they leave education and contribute to both their personal development and future economic well-being. The students are challenged by introducing them to demanding materials, encouraging independence and creativity, and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.

There are two centre assessed units with practical task-based opportunities, as well as an examined unit.

Unit 1 Health and well-being for child development.

This unit covers topics including reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. It underpins all of the other learning for this qualification and would be of use for further studies in PSHE, Biology and other Child development qualifications.

This is tested by a 75 minute externally set examination.

Unit 2 Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.

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. Evaluation skills are transferable skills which would be of use in further studies in most areas.

This unit is centre assessed and externally moderated with practical task-based opportunities.

Unit 3 Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

In this unit students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe developmental norms in children up to the age of five. This 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. These transferable skills will support further studies in many other subjects. This unit is centre assessed and externally moderated with practical task-based opportunities.