Child Development

Child Development

This course is designed for students who have an interest in children’s learning and development and wish to develop the skills and learn the theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within the childcare sector.

Academic year 2017 - 18

The GCSE Home Economics: Child Development course will give learners the opportunity to study children aged 0 to 5 years, developing an understanding of:

  • parenthood
  • pregnancy
  • diet, health & care of the child
  • development of the child
  • support for the parent & child

Assessment information:

  • Unit 1: Written paper (40%)
  • Unit 2: Research task (20%)
  • Unit 3: Child Study (40%)

Academic year 2018 – 19 & beyond

The qualification changes to Level 1/ Level 2 Technical Award in Children’s Learning & Development. This new course will give learners the opportunity to study children aged 0 to 10 years, developing an understanding of:

  • factors influencing development pre-conception and during pregnancy
  • growth and development
  • communication and language development
  • learning and play
  • education provision (until the end of KS2)
  • child health and safety
  • the role of professionals and voluntary organisations.

Assessment information:

  • Unit 1: Research Study (30%)
  • Unit 2: Child Study (30%)
  • Unit 3: Written paper (40%)