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Child Development

Child Development involves pupils in the study of the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of young children from conception to the age of five years. It encourages knowledge and understanding of pregnancy, the needs of young children, the roles and responsibilities of parents, and the social and environmental influences affecting family life.


A course based on this specification should give pupils opportunities to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle through pregnacy and up to five years old.
  • Develop an understanding of pregnacy, the responsibilities of parenthood and the overall needs of young children.
  • Recognise the factors that can influence the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of a child of up to five years old.
  • Develop practical skills to improve competency and creativity.
  • Manage resources, such as time, money and equipment effectively.
  • Develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to hlp them to become informed and discerning customers.

ASSESSMENT (new specification)

External Assessment:

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnacy and the Newborn Baby – 1hour 15mins written examination – 30%

Unit 2: THe Development of the Child (0-5years) – 1hour 15mins written examination – 30%

(Both papers include a combination of multiple-choice, short and structured questions and questions requiring extended writing).

Internal Assessment:

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment Investigation Task – 40%

This involves analysing the set task, carrying out research by secondary and primary means, analysing viewpoints, planniong the outcome, drawing conclusions and evaluating the completed task.

Child Development Staff

  • Miss S McCahon