Child Development Curriculum


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of young children from conception to five years.
  • Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a parent, pregnancy, the needs of young children and the social and environmental influences which affect family life.
  • Become critical thinkers who can make informed choices based on the knowledge they acquire.
  • Gain technical knowledge and skills through vocational settings by planning, planning and adapting play opportunities that are suitable for young children.

Years 9, 10, 11

QUALIFICATION: Level 1/2 Tech Award in Child Development

What will I learn?
You will learn about physical development from birth to 5 years, language development, intellectual development, social and emotional development and the factors that contribute to development. You will learn about the care needs of individual children, the importance of supporting the health and well-being of the child, how to encourage and maintain good hygiene and hygiene routines, how to safeguard children to keep them safe and healthy and the importance of routines for everyday care in supporting children’s development.

How will I learn?
A range of teaching methods will be used throughout the course including group activities, case studies, practical learning opportunities, discussion and presentations. In addition, students will be encouraged to develop their independent research skills.

How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Children’s Growth and Development (Coursework)
Unit 2: Learning through Play (Coursework)
Unit 3: Supporting children to play, learn and develop (exam)

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students can progress to BTEC Level 3 Children’s Play and Development. This can then lead to University or careers such as teaching, social work, child care and nursing.