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 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.

Year 12, 13

QUALIFICATION: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Why study Children’s Play, Learning and Development?
This is a two year course that leads to a widely recognised national qualification, for those who wish to care for children from 0-8 years. The aim of the course is to equip you with both knowledge and skills to care for young children in a wide variety of settings (e.g. day nurseries, children’s centres, reception class, infant class, nursery class, special school, child-minders, and family refuge centres) so the content reflects the breadth of work opportunities.

What will I learn?
You will gain an understanding of children’s developmental progress from birth up to seven years 11 months. You will also learn about how children develop literacy, language, numeracy and communication skills and how to promote and support this development. You will study the benefits of play, the influence of theories and approaches to play, and how to provide and support purposeful play and learning activities for children and you will look at the responsibilities of a professional to promote and maintain health and safety, and what to do in an emergency or when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.

How will I learn?
An array of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course including group work, use of case studies, practical skills and exam writing skill development. In addition, the course requires 50 hours of work placement with children from birth to seven years 11 months.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 Children’s Development (exam)
  • Unit 2 Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (TASK)
  • Unit 3 Play and Learning (portfolio)
  • Unit 5 Keeping Children Safe (portfolio).

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9-4 (or equivalent).

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
This qualification will lead to a line of progression to higher education such as nursery nursing, primary teaching, midwifery or any work based around caring for others.