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Child Development

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Overview

This qualification is for students aged 14–16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further education.

What skills will pupils develop?

All students will study three mandatory topics as follows:

  1. Health and well-being for child development
  2. Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
  3. Understand the development norms of a child from birth to five years.

 For all these topics researching, planning, observing & evaluating skills are essential.

The first topic underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, ante-natal care, birth, post-natal checks, post-natal 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.

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. Evaluation skills are developed.

In the third topic of study students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years 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. You will research, plan and carrying out activities with a child and observe/compare the child to the expected development norms. Researching, planning, observing & evaluating skills are essential.

Homework activities generally focus on research or completing exam questions.

What will help pupils to learn?

  • Access to the internet at home.
  • Access to a young child aged 5 or under to help with the coursework for unit 2 (a younger sibling, niece/nephew, babysitting etc.)

KS3 Course Structure

This  is a KS4 / GCSE course only.

KS3 Assessment

This  is a KS4 / GCSE course only.

KS4 Course Structure

Most lessons are spent developing knowledge and understanding in preparation for the exam and coursework. Pupils apply their newly acquired skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of different scenarios.

Coursework tasks form a large percentage of lesson time where pupils plan and apply their knowledge.

KS4 Assessment

The course is assessed in three sections:

Section 1 – Controlled Assessment: 25% of final grade

10 hour task on Nutrition.

This work will be assessed by the teacher and the exam board will moderate.

Section 2—Controlled Assessment: 25% of final grade

10 hours on Child Development from birth to 5 years.

Section 3– Externally set exam: 50% of the final grade

Single exam paper of 1hr 15 minutes

Staff

Mrs P.Cotton

Mrs T.McDonald – Head of Year

Opportunities out of lessons

In the third topic of study students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years 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. They will research, plan and carrying out activities with a child and observe/compare the child to the expected development norms.

To help pupils keep up to date with coursework lunchtime catch up sessions are available.

Career Pathways in this subject

This subject will be an obvious choice to any person wanting to study child care or health and social care at college, or do apprenticeships of many kinds.  The course will prepare students for further qualifications in child care, health and social care, psychology, sociology and biology.