Child Development

Welcome to the Kingsmead School Child Development Department

Child Development is a course which develops skills and knowledge for a career which involves working with children, e.g. nursery nursing / education, primary school teaching, children’s nursing, social work or many others. Or if you are interested in finding out more about the way children develop and the different factors that influence their development. 

High expectations on learning. You will be required to learn in various ways. Where possible lessons will include practical learning including making bottles, nursery trips, designing and practicing children’s activities suitable for observing developmental norms. The course is assessed through completion of coursework and an exam. During our coursework lessons you will work on computers writing up and researching knowledge. 

A Summary of the Course:  

The course is made up of three modules:  

  1. Health and well-being for child development (RO57). This component underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development, covering contraception, reproduction, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, postnatal provision, developmental needs of young children, childhood illnesses and child safety. This unit is assessed by exam at the end of year 11.
  2. OCR-set Assignment (RO58) – Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years. In the second component of study, students will plan for a fictional childcare setting, focusing on specific aspects released by OCR in May /June of each year. They will learn how to create a safe environment for children from birth to five years in a childcare setting, investigate and choose equipment that is both suitable and safe for use and learn about their nutrition and dietary needs. 
  3. OCR-set Assignment (RO59) – Understand the development of a child from one to five years. In the third component of study, students will learn the expected developmental norms for children from one to five years. They will observe and research techniques and skills to investigate these developmental norms and explore their findings. They will learn about the importance of creating plans and providing different play activities to support children in their development.

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