Child Development & Care
The qualifications provide students with the opportunity to gain vocational qualifications at both Level 2 (KS4) and Level 3 (KS5).
The Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care gives an introduction to the childcare sector for students in years 9, 10 and 11. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years and will give students the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being needed for working with children in a variety of different childcare settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years and it gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles, developing their ability to study. The Technical Award is included on the Department for Education’s 14-16 performance table. To prepare learners for their level 2 studies, year 9 learners complete a short unit of work to give them a better understanding of underpinning aspects of early years learning. This includes the use of craft and play to encourage development and the need for health and safety and safeguarding.
The Level 3 Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education gives a more detailed and first-hand experience of the childcare sector for students in year 12 and 13. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 16 years and will give students the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being needed for working with children in a variety of different childcare settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to, or build upon their knowledge of childcare and the development and education of children aged 0-7 years. A mandatory work placement is included during time in sixth form on this course. The Technical Certificate is included on the Department for Education’s 16-18 performance table.
Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11
What will I study?
Unit 1: This is an introductory unit designed to give an overview of the types of settings and local provision for children. You will learn how to prepare for working in settings and the responsibilities of early years workers. You will also gain an insight into your preferred learning style and develop your ability to study.
Unit 2: This unit focuses on holistic development and factors that affect development. You will be introduced to ways of observing children so that you can support development through appropriate activities and care routines. You will also learn how to work with children when they move from one setting to another.
Unit 3: This unit will assess your knowledge about the development of children aged 0-5 years. You will be expected to know about the different types of care settings and your responsibilities if you were learning how to work with children. You will need to show that you understand how children develop, what can affect their development and the individual needs they may have. You will need to show that you know ways to care for them and simple activities that help them to develop in a healthy and safe way. You will also need to show that you understand the ways that can support your own learning.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop skills in:
- Observation of children
- Identifying and addressing the needs of children
- Planning and developing
- Evaluation and analysis
- Preparing resources based on learning styles to improve study
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 and 2 will be assessed through coursework written assignments that are subject to both internal and external quality assurance. Unit 3 will be externally assessed through a scenario based short answer examination.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview
Key Stage 5
What do I need to study this course?
The entry requirements for this course are 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.
Is this course for me?
This course provides learners with knowledge about child development and well-being from birth to 7 years as well as practical experience working with children from birth to 5 years. Learners are required to complete a work placement so that first-hand experience is gained to underpin theoretical application of knowledge, support learners and prepare learners for the External Assessment as well as having clear examples of practical evidence to refer to when completing coursework.
Where will this course take me?
This qualification is suitable for a range of learners wishing to work in early years education and care. Students go on to further study at universities such as Liverpool, Chester and Edge Hill studying early year’s programs, social work or teaching. Many also progress to careers in nursery work, or health care.
What will I learn?
Child development from conception to seven years- you will learn about the expected milestones of development.
Children’s health and well-being- you will learn about the needs of children to allow them to be well and supported.
Providing safe environments for children- you will learn how to ensure that children are safeguarded in early year’s settings.
Child health- you will learn about common childhood illness and the care that must be implemented to support ill children.
Play and learning- you will learn about how to orchestrate holistic learning through play.
Understanding children’s additional needs- you will learn how to support children with more complex needs.
Observation, assessment and planning- you will learn how to assess children during observation and how that then informs future planning.
How will I be assessed?
7 written coursework units, assessed internally and externally moderated.
1 controlled assessment, assessed externally.
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