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Child Development is taught at KS4 as a GCSE option. The grades range from a top level of Distinction* at level two to a pass at level one.
This qualification is for learners 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 qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.
This course will consist of:
More detail on the specific units can be found below:
This unit provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of parenthood, from pre-conception through antenatal to postnatal care. Students develop an appreciation of the importance of creating the best conditions for a child to thrive.
Students learn about the range of equipment and nutritional and hygiene requirements of children from birth to five years, and they demonstrate in a practical activity how these needs are met to promote a child’s development and well-being.
Students investigate the developmental norms of children from birth to five years and develop an understanding of the impact of play on the developmental norms. They apply and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through practical activities.
For further details of this course please go to https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/child-development-level-1-2-j818/ (OCR Cambridge Nationals Child Development)
Click the button below to access past exam questions and model answers.Exam Questions
Child Care & Development by Pamela Minett
There is also a revision text for this book which has multiple choice questions. I use these as end of topic revision exercises in or for homework.
Child Development: An Illustrated Guide by Carolyn Megitt
The Essentials of Child Development by Judith Sunderland
A good book to summarize a topic or as a memory check before a test or exam.
Child Development: Coursework Guide by Valerie Hall and Heather Brennand
Useful for the child study. Gives ideas on layout and how to go about the study.
Babies & Toddlers by Caroline Young
Useful for suggestions for activities for child study visits.
Child Development: Essentials by Letts and Lonsdale
This is the main book for use in the classroom and for homework.
Cambridge National Level 1/2 Child Development by Miranda Walker
All of these books will be available in lesson times and copies can also be found in a specialist section in the LRC. Please ask Mrs Poole or Mrs Kirkland for assistance.
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