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Child Development



This Qualification:

  • Provides pupils with the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives pupils a basic introduction to the Early Years sector
  • Includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings
  • Is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years
  • Gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles
  • Supports progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

This qualification consists of 3 units: two graded A*– D assessed by a graded Assessment Task; and a Synoptic Assessment unit which is assessed via a Multiple Choice Exam Paper.

Pupils must complete three units:

  • Unit 1. Guided Learning Hours: 30
  • Unit 2. Guided Learning Hours: 90
  • Unit 3. Multiple Choice Question Paper: Guided Learning Hours: 5

Pupils will study 2 portfolio based units and will also study a third unit, that will be externally assessed;

Unit 1; An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years (Portfolio)

Unit 2; Development and well-being 0-5 years (Portfolio)

Unit 3; Child care and development 0-5 years (Exam)


Each lesson pupils will receive homework that is designed to extend and consolidate their knowledge in relation to Child Care and Development. This will vary from researching current events and issues in Early Years to applying student knowledge to a variety of Early Years based case studies.

Literacy and Numeracy

Pupils will develop a number of literacy skills whilst studying Child Development. These skills will enable them to express ideas and information clearly, precisely, accurately and appropriately in spoken and written communication. Some of the skills pupils will be required to develop are listed below;

  • form independent views and challenge what is heard or read on the grounds of

reason, evidence or argument

  • understand and use the conventions of written language, including grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • explore questions, solve problems and develop ideas
  • engage with and make fresh connections between ideas, texts and words

Pupils will develop their numerical skills in Creative Digital media in a number of ways. Some examples of the skills that they will develop are listed below;

  • translate information between graphical and numerical form
  • design and use data-collection sheets, including questionnaires, for grouped, discrete or continuous data, process, represent, interpret and discuss the data
  • extract and interpret information from charts, graphs and tables
  • understand the idea of probability

Additional Reading and Resources

CACHE Level 2 Introduction to Early Years Education and Care- Author Carolyn Meggitt ISBN-10: 1471809277

CACHE Level 2 Child Care and Education, 2nd Edition Award/Certificate/Diploma- Author Carolyn Meggitt ISBN-10: 1444187813

Child Development, Author Jacqueline Harding ISBN-10: 9812835563

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/ BBC Learning Zones

http://www.channel4learning.net/support/websites/gcse.html 4Learning

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/health-social-care Publication Hub- Gateway to National Statistics


Child Care & Development develops a wide range of SMSC skills, knowledge and understanding by focusing on the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social development of children aged 0-5. This subject will enable pupils to explore their own development and encourage pupils to focus on developing an understanding of their own cultures. This subject also, focuses on the responsibilities of early year’s workers and examines issues surrounding safeguarding and the importance of early year’s workers to recognise and act upon situations that may cause concern.

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