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Child Development

Exam Board and Specification:

OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development level 1⁄2

Main Course Content

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.

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 these needs. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices.

Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. Students will research, plan and carry out activities with children and make observations of their development.

Assessment Methods

  • 50% Examination.

  • Health and well-being for Child Development

  • 50% Controlled Assessment:

    Split into 2 units worth 25% each

  • Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years

  • Understanding the development of a child from birth to five years

Additional Support

Access to observe a child under 5 would be beneficial to the controlled assessment tasks. This could be a younger sibling, relative, friend of the family.

Further Study/Career Pathways

Cambridge Nationals provide a strong progression to Further Education.

College courses include: Childcare, health and social care, early years education – both BTEC and level 1/2

This is an ideal course for anyone considering a job in early years’ childcare, nursery teaching, nursing, social working.

Recommended Resources

For more information please contact Mrs Hammett at the Academy on 01384 253722