Child development and children's play

Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Certificate (GCSE Equivalent) - Child Development

MMA_VanDyke_2010_1_288What will you learn about?

Child development covers a variety of areas including:

  • Contraception
  • Fertilisation
  • Pregnancy and how to stay healthy during this time
  • Labour and birth
  • Breast and bottle feeding
  • Weaning from milk to solid foods
  • Healthy diets for children
  • How a child develops physically from birth to five years old
  • Stages of intellectual development
  • How a child develops socially and emotionally

How will you learn?

There are a variety of ways of learning about these subjects, some of them are:

  • Through group work and presentations
  • Practical work for instance making your own baby food or evaluating children's toys and equipment
  • By using the computer and Child Development text books to research
  • Class discussion and debate on such issues as child abuse, IVF treatment, teen pregnancy, and many more
  • Of course, there are also exercise books where you will write down key information too.

How will you be assessed?

There are 3 units to complete:

  • The first unit underpins all of the other 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, 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. This unit will be assessed as an examination.
  • In 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. Evaluation skills are transferable skills which would be of use in further studies in other areas. This unit will be assessed as a project and presentation
  • In 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. These transferable skills will support further studies in other subjects. 

A Final Word

Child Development is a very successful GCSE where students get to enjoy learning in an active and interesting way.  It is a subject that can take you on to teaching, child care, health and social care, midwifery etc. but not only that, you can do this subject simply because you enjoy it and you can gain a huge amount of basic knowledge you will need to be a good parent many years in the future.


BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Course Tutor - Mrs F Green

Mandatory units:
Unit 1: Children’s Development (Exam)
Unit 2: Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (Set and marked by Pearson)
Unit 11: Play and Learning (Coursework)

Optional units: (One unit must be completed)

Unit 5: Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs (Internally marked coursework)

Two units will involve coursework which will be internally assessed.
One unit is a controlled assessment which will involve a task being set and marked externally.
It is vital you meet the task deadlines.

One of the mandatory units will be examined.

As part of the course, there is a practical element, which includes a placement within a suitable care setting.  50 hours placement/work experience is a compulsory part of the course.

Possible additional qualifications included within this course:

• First aid course
• Basic food hygiene course
• Baby sitting qualification.

Further Education options
This qualification offers routes into many different careers some of these are:
• Nursing
• Social work
• Care assistant
• Early years practitioners
• Primary school teacher

All of these career routes require further training.