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Child Development

OVERVIEW

This revised specification is a broad, coherent course on the development of babies and small children (0–5 years). It encourages students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills, including practical skills, in these key areas:

  • pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn baby
  • the responsibilities involved in parenting and other family roles
  • the social, physical, intellectual, communication and emotional development of small children, including their dietary, health and educational needs.

Students develop subject-specific skills such as evaluating feeding options for a baby, and transferable skills such as analytical problem solving. They also learn about relevant scientific and technological developments.

 

STAFF

Miss. R. McConnell

Mrs. J. Winter

AIMS

This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • follow a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study;
  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills (including practical skills) required for working in the area of child development;
  • understand pregnancy, parental responsibilities and young children’s overall needs;
  • understand how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle;
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs in a multicultural society;
  • increase their knowledge and understanding of relevant technological and scientific developments;
  • develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving;
  • examine issues that affect the quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity;
  • evaluate decisions so that they develop as informed and discerning consumers;
  • make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices; and
  • engage actively in studying child development to develop as effective and independent students.

KEY STAGE 4

GCSE Child Development

Child Development subject description at GCSE Level