Child Development

This is an optional subject at GCSE. This Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Child Development concentrates on the development and care of babies and children under the age of 5.

Over the two years, students will study the following topics:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.

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.

Knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five.

The course is assessed using both coursework (50%) and 1 examination (50%) at the end of Year 11


This qualification is for students aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. Child Development Cambridge National is the equivalent of a full GCSE and provides a strong base for progression to Further Education, whether it is on to Level 3 (Advanced) technical courses, A Levels, apprenticeship or work.

Teaching Staff: Mrs Stier      Mrs Trott