Child Development

Course Description:

The Child Development OCR Cambridge Nationals course is a level 2 course and is the equivalent to a GCSE.

This specification is designed to give candidates an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years. It promotes an understanding of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child which is inter-linked through the study of the family, community and the responsibilities of parenthood.

The specification will provide opportunities for candidates to develop their critical thinking and to manage a range of resources in order to develop items which are suited to the needs of individuals or families, and to recognize the influence of current trends, the market economy and technological change.

It promotes an understanding of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child which is inter-linked through the study of the family, community and the responsibilities of parenthood.

It will offer opportunities for candidates to develop an understanding of citizenship through the relevant issues of the subject. The course reflects the view that the level 2 Child Development should provide a variety of experiences whilst focusing on concepts, themes and issues relevant to the subject content.

Child Development is suitable for all students who believe they will enjoy studying about children, which could lead into a career of midwifery or a career in childcare.

Further information on this course can be found at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-nationals-child-development-level-1-2-j818/

Aims of the Course:

  • To engage actively in the processes of home economics to develop as effective and independent learners.
  • To develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs within a diverse society.
  • To develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant technological and scientific developments.
  • To develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem-solving in relation to the specified context.
  • Inspect issues that affect the quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity.

What can I expect from the course?

  • It is a 3-year course
  • It is made up of 50% written exam and 50% coursework.
  • You will learn about children aged 0-5 and how they develop.
  • You will learn about yourself as an individual and your relationships with others.
  • You will take part in discussions and present your ideas and views to the group.
  • You will work independently on coursework for assessment (The Child Study) and be given responsibility for setting your own targets and meeting deadlines.
  • You will hear from outside speakers who will share their experiences with you.
  • You may be able to observe children in a child care setting such as a nursery

Course Content:

Unit 1 = Course work 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.
Unit 2 = Course work 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 most areas.
Unit 3 = Exam 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 many other subjects.

Grading and awarding grades:

All results are awarded on the following scale:
• Distinction* at Level 2 (*2)
• Distinction at Level 2 (D2)
• Merit at Level 2 (M2)
• Pass at Level 2 (P2)
. Distinction at Level 1 (D1)

. Merit at Level 1 (M1)

•   Pass at Level 1 (P1).

 

ASSESSMENT:

Coursework (60% of marks)

Year 9

  • R019- Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.

-There will be 3 Short tasks; you will investigate 3 different topics in childcare and produce 3 different outcomes; you will also evaluate your work.

In this unit students will gain skills and 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 most areas.

Year 10 and 11

R018 Health and well-being for child development – written examination (40% of marks)

  • You will be entered for a final exam.
  • The written paper lasts 1 ½ hours and includes short answers and 1 essay question. The paper tests knowledge and understanding of the principle of child development.

This 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.

R020 Understanding the development of a child from birth to five years

For this piece of work you will need to plan a focus for your investigation and then observe a child that you know over a period of 3 months. You will need to write up your observations clearly identifying aspects of child development that you have noticed. You will then evaluate your work. 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 many other subjects.

What courses or employment can I progress to at the end of my course?

Students with a Child Development grade have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. You will learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. Child Development gives you a broad base of knowledge and experience, which can lead to a wide variety of options after completion.  Child Development is an excellent background if you wish to pursue a career, which is children, orientated such as:

  • Working with people with learning disabilities or mental health issues
  • Teaching
  • Childcare e.g. Early Years Worker, Child-minder
  • Health promotion
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social work