Child Development & Care


This course is designed to inspire and enthuse learners who are considering a career in early years or related sectors where knowledge of child development and care are relevant. It gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the knowledge and skills required to support children and factors that may affect how children develop and grow.

Key Stage 4

You are required to achieve a PASS grade in all three units to successfully gain this qualification.

Unit 1 An introduction to working with children aged 0-5.

Assessed through coursework, this unit is designed to give an overview of the types of settings and local provision for children. You will learn how to prepare for working in settings and the responsibilities of early years workers.

Unit 2: Development and Well-being 0-5 years

Assessed through coursework, this unit focuses on all aspects of holistic development. You will be introduced to observing children so that you can support development through activities and care routines.

Unit 3: Child Care and Development

To achieve this unit you will need to be successful in a scenario short answer examination, applying all content learned in unit 1 and 2.

Key Stage 5

The course is graded from A*-D and you must achieve at least a D grade in all units, including the external to achieve the qualification.

It consists of seven core units for the completedqualification. Each unit will focus on anarea of Children’s Play,

Learning, Development and Care – for example Unit 1 will focus on Child Development from conception to 7 years.

This is a large area of study with many facets e.g. ways in which children gain skills and abilities, the development of language and thinking etc.

A compulsory placement equating to 250 hours with three different age ranges (to be carried out in free periods)

You will complete an effective practice study which is externally set and marked in year 13.

You can expect from this course to have a ‘real world’ perspective to your studies, gaining an in depth knowledge and understanding of children’s

early years with the opportunity of hands-on experience in a variety of childcare settings, giving a real insight into a range of Early Years professionals, learning many transferable skills employers are looking for, such as using initiative, being independent, working with others to name but a few.


A*- D for KS5 through internally assessed coursework and an externally set and marked written effective practice study.

A*-D for KS4 with both internally and externally assessed units.

Examination Boards


Careers Links

Progress on to higher education or employment in fields such as primary teaching, speech and language therapy, sociology, psychology, teaching assistant, learning support assistant, social work, educational psychology, education officer, NHS apprenticeships, child care apprenticeships.

Subject Staff

Mrs L. Brown

Mrs N. Bettaney

Mrs R. Makamure