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Child Development


CURRICULUM LEADER: Miss L. McGuinness BSc (Hons)

Mrs A Bradley, BA

Mrs H Thiara-Rodgers BSc (Hons)


Why Study Child Development?

Who isn’t amazed by how a sperm and egg cell come together, and then 9 months later a baby arrives?  The miracle of how human life is created, and then how that baby changes in the first 5 years of its life are covered in this superb GCSE course.  Do you want to know how family life has changed?  How twins are formed?  What the differences are between fostering and adoption?  What weaning is all about?  How vaccinations work?  How children learn to draw, read, share?  All your questions will be answered on this course……



Unit B011:  Child development short tasks

  • Content covered in B013

Unit B012: Child study task

  • Content covered in B013

Unit B013: Principles of child development

  • Family structures, children in local authority care and family planning
  • Reproduction, infertility, pregnancy, antenatal care, birth and post-natal care
  • Characteristics of newborns,  needs of newborns, physical development from age 0-5 years, clothing and footwear required, safety in and outside the home
  • Nutrition choices from age 0-5 years, health and immunisation programmes
  • Intellectual, social and emotional development from age 0-5 years, learning through play and appropriate toys
  • Services available to support families, day care facilities and the extra needs of children with special needs.



Unit B011 (30% of final grade) is assessed by controlled assessment.  The 3 (1 investigative and 2 practical) tasks are set each year by the exam board and so will be slightly different each year, but examples are:

Investigative task  “Plan and carry out an investigation to assess the baby changing facilities in your area”

Practical task  “Design and make a book, toy or game for a child aged 4 years which will assist his or her intellectual development”

Unit B012 (30% of final grade) is assessed by controlled assessment. “Themes” are set each year by the exam board and students create their own title to investigate in their child study.  Examples are:

“How does Max’s fine and gross motor skills develop over the next 4 months?”

“How can outdoor play encourage social development?

Please note: students MUST have access to a child who must not have had their 6th birthday by the end of April of their Y11. 

Unit B013 (40% of final Grade) is assessed by a 1½ hour exam.


Extension Work and Homework

Homework is a vital part of the learning for this course because the vast majority of the content of this course is brand new to most students.  It will be set regularly once per week.  The homework will always cover the topics recently covered in class to see how well the student understands the topics covered, and to see if the students needs to spend time reading over that topic again.


Enrichment and Extracurricular

Students can take part in the “Virtual baby experience” but this is NOT part of the assessment of the GCSE.