Child Development

   Mrs J Welsh


Subject Overview

The Child Development course aims to offer a good grounding for those students who wish to follow a profession dealing with young children, whether it be an area of nursing, teaching or social work. This course also develops their awareness of the implications of caring for a family. Students also get the opportunity to take home a doll simulator so they get first-hand experience of dealing with a child. Students are required to respond to the doll crying and ensure the child is handled correctly, fed and changed. At the end of the two days the students get information which has been analysed so that the student can see how well they have handled the doll. 


Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)


Exam: Written Paper 40% (completed in Summer of Year 11) 

The exam involves questions that relate to all aspects of Child Development that have been studied throughout the course.

Research Task:  Project worth 20% (completed in Year 10) 

In this unit students will be required to research a given topic then produce a leaflet based on the information they have found out (completed under supervision within the classroom.) 

Child Study: Worth 40% (completed throughout yr 11) 

The Child Study involves studying the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social development of a child under the age of 5 years over a 4-6 month period. Topics include looking into creative play or outdoor play and how suitable tasks can help with the child’s development, or looking at toys for young babies and how they can be used to stimulate development.   Students are required to make 4 visits to the child and plan the activities for each visit then evaluate how each activity has helped with development.