Child Development

Child Development is available at key stage 4 only.

During this course you will investigate each stage of the development of a child from conception to birth and childhood. Working together with others in  your class, you will consider and reflect upon the roles of parents, professionals and other family members in keeping children safe through each stage of their development.

The course is made up of 3 separate units:

Health and Well-being for Children

This is an overview of the roles and responsibilities of parenthood from pre-conception through to antematal and postnatal care.

Equipment and Nutritional Needs

In this unit you will learn about the requirements of children from birth to 5 years. There will an opportunity to demonstrate through a planned practical activity how these needs can be met to promote a child's development and well-being.

Development from Birth to 5 Years

This is an investigation of the developmental norms of children through which students will gain an understanding of the impact of play. A range of practical activities will enable students to apply and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of child development.


This qualification prepares students to enter employment or apprenticeships, or for a move to higher education to study a degree in the early childhood or childhood and youth areas or in related sectors such as nursing and social care. The early years sector focuses on the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years. In the UK, there are approximately 2 million childcare places for children aged under five and many different types of early years settings, ranging from childminders and nannies, to nurseries, crèches and preschools. Knowledge of child development is also important in a variety of healthcare roles such as paediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.



Key Stage 4 Options

  • Cambridge National in Child Development (OCR)


Curriculum Overviews

Child Development  Year 10 Year 11

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