Cultural Capital

The child study gives students the opportunity to create activities they can undertake with a young child which will be creative or imaginative. They will enrich their understanding of the world around them and how children interact and plan activities which allow the child to broaden their horizons. The students will benefit by realising the scope of opportunities open to them including the day to day life of individuals working within the child development sector.  The exam unit covers content including choices available in labour and the understanding that when they are patients within the NHS in the future, they don't need to just accept their first options and there are alternatives available within the NHS, as well as developing the skill to be able to discuss the options available and know to ask for any alternatives. Students will also learn about play, malnourishment and its impact on the development of the child which will potentially allow them to make educated choices when they have their own family.

Curriculum Journey

This is a map to show the learning journey in Child Development.

Child Development Curriculum Journey 2022 - 2024.pdf

Knowledge Organisers

These are the knowledge organiser used by students in lessons to support the learning and retrieval of key information.


Overview of the learning journey in Child Development

Year 10 

Students will study the physical, intellectual and social developmental norms from birth to five years. They will look at the benefits of learning through play and will work with an individual child (from birth to five years) and their family to plan some different play activities for a chosen developmental area with their chosen child.  They will then carry out and evaluate their different play activities for the chosen developmental area with their child. 

Students will study the process of reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood. They will look at standard and specialised antenatal care and how a family prepares for the birth of a child. They will also study how postnatal care is delivered including the postnatal checks of the mother and postnatal provision and conditions for development for the child. They will learn how to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses at home and when children have to go into hospital. They will also learn about child safety in the home and outside. 

Year 11 

Year 11 students will learn about the key factors when choosing equipment (to include sleeping equipment, feeding equipment and travel equipment) for babies from birth to 12 months. They will also look at choosing the same equipment for children from one to five years. They will study the nutritional guidelines and requirements for children from birth to five years old and will then investigate and develop feeding solutions for children from birth to five years. This includes a practical where they will choose a child to prepare food for or a baby to prepare a bottle for. This will be completed under observation.