Child Development

Department Ethos

We aim to develop students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to create the best conditions for a child’s development and well-being. Whether this be a life-skill for future years or a foundation into a career centered around childcare.

Course : OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Child Development

Year 9

Year 9 is a foundation year where we predominantly cover aspects from the examined unit as this forms the basis from which our units can be built upon. The latter part of the year will see an introduction to the first piece of coursework (R019).

Year 9 assessments take 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. All coursework is assessed as it is completed allowing students to track and monitor their own progress throughout the course.

Year 10

In year 10 we focus heavily on completing the subject content for the examination (R018) ready for completion in the June external examination series and completion of the coursework for submission to the examination board for moderation in June of that year.

Year 10 assessments take 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. All coursework is assessed as it is completed allowing students to track and monitor their own progress throughout the course.

Year 11

Year 11 will see the completion of the final piece of coursework (R020), including the nursery visits, practical aspects and review. This would ideally be submitted in the January of Year 11 allowing time then for any re-submissions of R018 and R019 should the need arise.

Examination Modules

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.

Assessed through 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

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.

Assessed through 10 hours of controlled assessment (25% of the final grade).

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.

Assessed through 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.

Year 11 Subject Resources

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Our Staff

Mrs L Johnson

Teacher

Mrs C Morris

Head of Department