Child Development/Children's Play

Child Development GCSE

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
  • Family life
  • Different types of families
  • Social care 
  • Children with special needs.

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 your own children’ s book;
  • 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?

The course is assessed in two ways, firstly through coursework, which makes up 60% of the final grade, and secondly, by an exam at the end of year 11, which is 40% of the final grade.

The coursework is as follows:

Year 10

Research the different forms of antenatal care available and produce an information pack for parents.

Research what goes into a birth plan and put this information into a leaflet for prospective parents.

Year 11

You will complete a child study of a child under the age of 5.  This means you will have to complete five observations of a child under 5 and report upon how they have developed over time.

The Exam

The exam covers everything you have learned in the 2 years that you study Child Development and makes up 40% of your final grade.

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 be marked externally.
It is vital you meet the task deadlines

One unit will involve a task being set and marked  externally.

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.

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.