For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.
– Penelope Leach
Child Development is a subject that can form a key part a student’s Progress 8 and is an Attainment 8 approved subject. It consists of three units: one examined and two internally assessed and externally moderated, comprising 50% for the exam and 25% for the other two units.
The Child Development course is based around research and theory lessons with some practical elements included such as taking part and preparing creative play activities in a nursery.
In Year 10 students gain the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, and conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other Child Development qualifications.
At the end of Year 10 students begin their first piece of controlled assessment which is a research task (Unit 2). They 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 of these needs. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. Evaluation skills are transferable skills which would be of use in further studies in most areas.
In Year 11, students complete a fact finding practical placement at a local nursery where they complete a study of a child under the age of 5 years (Unit 3). They will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit will include researching, planning, carrying out activities with children and observing and reviewing these activities, as well as an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development. These transferable skills will support further studies in many other subjects.
At the end of Year 11 pupils will complete a written exam (Unit 1) which is worth 50% of the final mark. Unit 2 and Unit 3 are each worth 25%.
It is important that students take a mature and sensible approach to the course due to the nature of some of the topics covered.
Students must be hardworking and understand that 50% of the course is coursework.
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