Child Development

Curriculum Intent

Child Development Level 1/2 Certificate

The Cambridge National in Child Development covers all aspects of child development and parental responsibility, from conception to five years. Pupils will develop the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to create the best conditions for a child’s development and well-being.

This two year course explores the development of children from birth to 5 years. It covers exciting topics like children and play, as well as essential learning about working practice in early years’ settings. For this qualification you will need to pass a combination of mandatory and core units which are assessed through either written assignments or an external exam.

Child Development is an interesting course that uses a combination of theory and practical activities, including an assessed activity with a young child of your choice.

Curriculum Map

HT 1
HT 2 Reproduction, Pre-conceptual Health, Roles & Responsibilities of parents
HT 3 RO18 Health & Well Being for Child Development (Year 10): Contraception, Reproductive system, Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy, Roles of Professionals, Labour, Postnatal Checks
HT 4 RO18 Health & Well Being for Child Development (year 10): Childhood Illness, Child Safety.

RO20 Physical, Intellectual, Emotional & Social Development Norms (birth to 5 years)

HT 5 Coursework RO20 (Year 10): Benefits of Play, Types of Play
HT 6 Coursework RO20 (Year 10): Benefits of Play, Types of Play


Curriculum Justification

Why should I choose this course? This is the ideal course for learners wanting to study in the context of the early years’ sector. The course will help you to develop essential knowledge of Child Development and the Play and Learning Curriculum used throughout the sector. Skills prized by employers will be developed and enhanced such as working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines and presenting information effectively.

If you are caring, supportive, have an interest in child development and want to make a difference in children’s lives then this is the course for you. This course will help to equip you with skills needed to gain an apprenticeship within the nursery sector or gain a place on a college. There are several colleges in the local area offering courses related to children and many nurseries within the area for local employment opportunities.

Curriculum Development

Future plans include the opportunity for work placements for pupils in local nurseries to experience of working with children, help improve their self-esteem and communication skills.

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit local colleges to look at the child development courses on offer, in order to be further inspired and inform their future career choices.


Careers relevant to this subject

Career Area How this subject helps Pathway
Nursery Assistant Relevant skills & knowledge gained along with a portfolio of evidence to help gain an apprenticeship placement or place on a college course. College: You can take a college course before looking for work in a nursery. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Childcare and Education
  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven

A paediatric first aid certificate will also be useful but is not essential.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course


You could get into this career through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship for the children and young people’s workforce. You could also do an early years’ educator advanced apprenticeship.


Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:


some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship


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