Child Development

Child Development students gain skills that are ideal for working in child minding, play work and nursery work. Students may gain practical experience that could be useful for a variety of supportive roles in hospitals, surgeries, charities and schools. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology

KS4 Curriculum

All students will study three mandatory topics as follows:

Health and well-being for child development

The first topic of study underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, postnatal provision, 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.

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

In the second topic of study, 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. This topic will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and students will be given the opportunity to investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes. Evaluation skills are developed, which would be of use in further studies in a number of areas.

Understand the development norms of a child from birth to five years.

In the third topic of study, students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This topic will include researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills would be useful in further

The type of learning activities which will take place in lessons include:

  • A variety of both practical and written assignments.
  • Individual research as well as working in pairs and groups.
  • The presentation of work through the use of ICT.

How the course will be assessed

Students will have one exam (50% of the marks) which has short answers, some more structured questions and then some slightly longer answers. Students will have two controlled assessments where they will be carrying out a study of a child (25%) and then a child focused task (25%).

Exam board

OCR Cambridge National Child Development Level 2 Certificate


Regular homework is often set involving research with a written record.