Child Development

KS4 Child Development

Subject Overview

This course provides students the knowledge, skills and understanding within all areas of child development. This could lead to careers in midwifery, nursery nursing, primary teaching, social care and work.

Course Information

The first topic of study underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, postnatal provision, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.

In the second topic of study, students 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. This topic will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and students will be given the opportunity to investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes.

In the third topic of study, students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This topic will include researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms.


The course is divided into 3 sections:
UNIT 1 – EXAM – Knowledge and Understanding (50% of final grade).
The exam will cover the following topics:
1. Reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood
2. Antenatal care and preparation for birth
3. Post-natal checks and conditions for a healthy pregnancy
4. Childhood illnesses
5. Child safety

UNIT 2 – Set task on the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to 5 years. (25% of final grade)
This task is under controlled conditions. The following areas of study are included:
• Travel equipment
• Feeding equipment
• Sleeping equipment
• Clothing and Footwear

UNIT 3 – Child study (25% of final grade)
This is also in exam conditions. This will be focusing on the development of a child aged 0-5 years and how play can help them. This task includes research and observations of the child whilst playing, and then a comparison of their development to the norms.