Child Development

Meet The Team

Faculty Leader: Ms S Mason

Deputy Faculty Leader: Miss A Munro, 2nd in STEAM

The Team:


Child development is a unique and interesting course that allows pupils to learn more about the development of a child right from before conception even occurs up until the child is 5 years old. This can be studied by anyone because the careers links are vast, as well as making pupils a more considerate and informed citizen.

It is invaluable to learn child development because it creates a deeper understanding of how the human brain develops and factors of upbringing and genetics which cause different talents and challenges in a human’s early life- the age-old debate of nature vs nurture. Pupils will learn not only about the pregnancy, immunisations, healthy diet, development milestones, importance of play but also about health professionals and the roles of the various professional bodies involved in the care of babies and children.

Year 7, 8 and 9

This is a KS4 specification and so is therefore only taught in KS4, from year 10, but many aspects are in other subject areas in KS3, such as the Biology behind the human form, PE, food technology and healthy eating etc.

Year 10 and 11

Specification: OCR Child Development Level 1/2 Certificate – J818

This is a Cambridge National which is equivalent to a GCSE but it is marked on a different grading system.

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) – These are equivalent to 4-9 GCSE grade.

• Distinction at Level 1 (D1) • Merit at Level 1 (M1) • Pass at Level 1 (P1). These are equivalent of a 1-3 GCSE grade.

Year 10

R018 is studied for in year 10 with lots of taught activities and a mind map to summarise the end of each section. We encourage pupils to set their exercise book out like a revision guide because it can later be revised from for the exam, worth 50% of the grade. One pupil in year 11 said she achieved a L2D* from rereading her year 10 exercise book and completing online past papers.

Previously pupils were able to sit the exam in year 10 but unfortunately as of 2021 this is no longer the case. Therefore, R018 is recapped at the end of year 11 for the written paper. Some of the interesting topics covered in R018 are-

  • Learning Outcome 1: Understand reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood
  • Learning Outcome 2: Understand antenatal care and preparation for birth
  • Learning Outcome 3: Understand postnatal checks, postnatal provision and conditions for development
  • Learning Outcome 4: Understand how to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses
  • Learning Outcome 5: Know about child safety

Year 11

This is predominately the coursework year; it comprises of 2 units worth 25% each. The first unit, R019, is a research unit where pupils need to find a range of equipment needed in two rooms of a nursery. Room 1 is 0-12 months, room 2 is 1-5 years. In the 3rd and 4th section of this coursework, pupils research all about a child’s diet and they design a make a balanced two course lunch that fulfils the eatwell guide and also appeals to a child.

R020 is the second piece of coursework and it is based on researching the development norms of a child from birth to 5 years old. Pupils will then research play and will design two activities to do with a child of their choice. They will observe the physical, intellectual and social (PIS) approaches of the child and they will compare them to the normal development milestones for a child that age. The exam, R018, will then be recapped and sat in the summer of year 11.

Key: M = mandatory unit

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