Child Development


Class of 2018

The specification is designed to give candidates an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years within a variety of contexts while maintaining the coherence inherent in this subject area. It will enable candidates to extend their design and technological capability, and their interdisciplinary skills including all six key skills. Their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence relating to their personal interest will also be developed.

Unit 1: Principles of Child Development (40%) Written Paper: 1½ hours

Unit 2: Child Study (30%) Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Child Focused Task (30%) Controlled Assessment


NCFE Child Development & Care

Class of 2019 onwards

This course enables pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years. It also gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study.

This course is assessed via two internally assessed graded Assessment Tasks and an externally assessed Synoptic Assessment unit, which is assessed via a Multiple Choice Paper.

Unit 1: An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years - Assessment task

Unit 2: Development and well-being 0-5 years - Assessment task

Unit 3: Child care and development 0-5 years - Multiple choice question paper