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Child Development

This qualification focuses on the development of a child from conception to the age of five, developing knowledge and understanding in all aspects of child development.

GCSE Course Content

The course consists of 60% coursework and a 40% written exam paper. The course is made up of 3 Units:

Unit 1

Underpins all of the learning in this qualification. All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, new born baby checks, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. (40%)

Unit 2

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. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. (30%)

Unit 3

Students 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. (30%)

Projects you will complete:

  • Family and parenting
  • Preparation for pregnancy and birth
  • Physical development
  • Nutrition and health
  • Intellectual, social and emotional development
  • Community support

To do well in this option you should:

  • Have an interest in working with children.
  • Be interested in all areas of child development.
  • Be interested in the socialisation of the family and the local community.

Career Opportunities

Education, Nursery Nursing, Medical Field, Nursing, Doctor, Midwifery, Health Visitor, Teaching, Child Care, Social Work and the Caring Professions

Paper Copies

If you require a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information on our website, please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

From our 2019 report

On Teaching staff…

Their effective use of questioning deepened pupils’ knowledge and understating. Pupils were focused and participated readily.
Conisborough College
2020-02-27T10:46:34+00:00
Their effective use of questioning deepened pupils’ knowledge and understating. Pupils were focused and participated readily.

On literacy…

A new literacy policy is beginning to develop a reading culture across the school. In lessons, pupils are encourage to develop a wider vocabulary
Conisborough College
2020-02-27T10:47:18+00:00
A new literacy policy is beginning to develop a reading culture across the school. In lessons, pupils are encourage to develop a wider vocabulary

On behaviour…

Approaches to improve behaviour are effective. Staff, pupils, parents and carers are clear about the required conduct of pupils.
Conisborough College
2020-02-27T10:47:56+00:00
Approaches to improve behaviour are effective. Staff, pupils, parents and carers are clear about the required conduct of pupils.

On pupil support…

The school works well with external agencies to support vulnerable pupils.
Conisborough College
2020-02-27T10:48:46+00:00
The school works well with external agencies to support vulnerable pupils.

On the Headteacher…

Since your appointment you have developed a culture of high aspiration
Conisborough College
2020-01-09T14:57:41+00:00
Since your appointment you have developed a culture of high aspiration
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