Thurston Community College

Child Development Curriculum

Intent of Child Development

The mission of the Child Development subject within the Social Sciences Department is in preparation for their KS4 examination, to engage all students in a evidence based journey as set out by researchers, practitioners and experts in their field, in order to acquire knowledge regarding child development through the delivery of a challenging yet engaging relevant curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of each student as a whole individual, with a keen awareness of child development and its implications for society. In preparation for their qualifications 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 pupils will need to pass a combination of mandatory and core units which are assessed through either written assignments or an external exam.

Opportunities will be given in KS4 to explore career links with the subject matter. They will understand the role of child development in the world of work and how they can apply their understanding to roles in the wider community beyond the classroom.

Threads of powerful knowledge in Child Development

 Child Development involves a set of general themes that provide the basis for:

  • Health and well-being for child development
  • Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
  • Understand the development of a child from birth to five years (Intellectual, Emotional & Social)

Cultural reading and enrichment in Child Development

  • Combination of theory and practical activities, including an assessed activity with a young child of the students' choice
  • Opportunity to take home and look after an 'infant stimulator'.

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