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Child Development

Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development

This qualification is for learners aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development.  It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in child care, health and social care, psychology, sociology and biology.

Key Stage 4

All students study three mandatory topics:-

Health and well-being for child development – covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, post-natal provision, childhood illnesses and child safety.

Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years – covering nutrition and hygiene practices.  Students investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes.

Understanding the development norms of a child from birth to five years – covering researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms.

The examination board is OCR.  Further information can be found at


Opportunities to work with babies or young children and observe their development.  Links with local nursery schools.

Head of Department

Mrs S Cheshire