Trinity High School

Child Development

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Mrs L Kell
Teacher of Child Development

Child Development

Child development is an enjoyable subject which appeals to students of all abilities. The course teaches life skills and prepares students for situations when they will be asked to look after a child, which all students will inevitably do at some point in their life, whether it be their own child, or a niece, nephew or neighbour’s child they have been asked to babysit. They will develop their decision-making skills as they will explore the differences between breast and bottle feeding; the use of terry towelling nappies versus disposable nappies including looking at the related ethical and moral issues. Through practical work, students gain an insight into why certain foods appeal to children of different ages by doing a comparison between different baby foods which they taste.     This course would benefit anyone who wishes to pursue a career working with children – health care professional; nursing; midwifery; social work; primary school teachers; nursery nurses; nannies; childcare professional; paediatrics or anyone wishing to progress to Health and Social Care AS/A2.

Year 10 Students starting Child Development in September will be doing a Cambridge National level 2 course. This is a brand new vocational course and is the equivalent to a GCSE. 

The course is taught in three topics:

  • Health and well-being for child development. This covers reproduction; parental responsibility; antenatal care; birth; post-natal checks; post-natal provision; conditions for development; childhood diseases and child safety.
  • Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years. This looks at the equipment needs of babies and young children and of the factors to be considered when choosing equipment. Also covered are nutrition and hygiene practises with practical work being an integral part of this.
  • Understand the development norms of a child from birth to five years. This looks at the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Students will do research then plan and carry out activities with a child as well as evaluating those activities.

The course is assessed through 2 pieces of coursework, each worth 60 marks and also through a 1 ¼ hour written paper, worth 80 marks.

Students studying the present GCSE course will continue with this until Summer 2017. Details are given below.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Child Development

Exam Board

Assessment: OCR Exam Board
In Year 10 students complete three short controlled assessment tasks based on topics from within the course (each is worth 10% of the final grade). There is also a longer Assessed task that Yr 11 students carry out an individual study on a child which contributes 30% of the final grade. The Final written exam at the end of Year 11 is worth 40% of the final grade.

Course Content

The course is about how a child develops Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally and Socially from conception to the age of five. There are six units covered through doing a variety of practical tasks and theory work. These units are:

  • Family and parenting
  • Preparation for pregnancy and birth
  • Physical development
  • Nutrition and health
  • Intellectual, emotional and social development
  • Community support

and which are tested by the end of course exam.

Throughout the course students have the opportunity to work alone, in pairs and in small groups. Students are encouraged to think independently and to develop resilience which are life skills.

Useful Subject & Revision websites

The exam board specification and past exam papers can be found at: revision guide: Lonsdale GCSE Child Development Revision guide.

Exam Success

The course is having increasing exam success yearly and students who are willing to work hard and commit themselves to the rigours of the course will do well.

The A-C percentage this year was 53% which is round about the National Average for this subject.

Contribution to SMSC

This specification offers opportunities which can contribute to an understanding of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural issues through looking at the following topics:

  • emotional development: when exploring the range of factors which influence the emotional development of the child
  • concept of equal opportunities: class discussion of entitlements of individuals and families to provision of services
  • changing patterns of family life: candidates are exploring the diversity of family patterns in the UK
  • roles and responsibilities of parenthood
  • stages of socialisation: when candidates are learning about the ways in which a child develops social skills
  • family structures in the UK: when candidates are learning about the different types of family in society.
  • issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues

Contribution to Wider Curriculum 

After school revision and catch up sessions provided
There are Child development associated books are provided in the school library and are available to all students.


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