Child Development

This course is designed for learners aged 14–16 who have an interest in children’s learning and development and wish to develop the skills and learn the theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within the childcare sector. It will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

Year 10 and 11
Course Cambridge Nationals Level 1 / 2 in Child Development
Exam Board/Syllabus OCR J818
Grade Equivalences Level 1 Pass to Level 2 Distinction *
Assessment Route

2 controlled assessments (50%)

1 written paper, 1 hr 15 mins (50%)


1) Health and well-being for child development which will include the following topics:

  • Reproduction
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Antenatal Care
  • Birth
  • Postnatal Checks
  • Postnatal Provision
  • Conditions for Development
  • Childhood Illnesses
  • Child Safety

2) Controlled Assessment Task

  • RO19 : Research Task – Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.

3) Controlled Assessment Task

  • R020: Child Study – Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

The skills and knowledge acquired will be relevant and transferable to other settings, enhancing career opportunities and providing a satisfying course of study for students. This also provides progression to BTEC Health and Social Care and other child care related options at KS5.

IMPORTANT: The Year 11 controlled assessment takes the form of a Child Study and it is, therefore, necessary for all students who wish to take this course to have access to a child under 5 years of age that they can visit and observe over a period of time. The other element of the controlled assessment takes place in Year 10 and consists of one shorter research task.


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