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Child Development

Course Aims

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

Topics

Year 9 will be a foundation year where we will predominantly cover aspects from across the entire course which will include covering content in preparation for the examination as well as some tasks related to the coursework element of this child development course.

Year 10 will focus heavily on completing the subject content for the examination (R018) whilst Year 11 will see the completion of the coursework tasks (R019 and R020), including the nursery visits.

R018 - Health and well-being for child development

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.

R019 - 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.

R020 - Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

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.

Assessment

Year 9 and Year 10 will see assessments taking place through classwork and end of term assessments. These assessments are designed to check understanding, help us identify gaps in learning and begin to teach the skills required for success in the end of Year 10 examination for Child Development.

  • R018 - Health and well-being for child development
         A 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper (50% of the final grade).
     
  • R019 - Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
         10 hours of controlled assessment (25% of the final grade).
     
  • R020 - Understand the development of a child from birth to five years
         10 hours of controlled assessment (25% of the final grade).

After the Course

This qualification will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

A qualification in Child Development will be particularly beneficial if you are interested in pursuing courses / careers in Health and Social Care, Childcare, Nursing and midwifery, Social work or teaching.

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