Child Development and Health & Social Care

Welcome to Child Development and Health & Social Care 2017-2018

Key Stage 4

Year 9 – Child Development

OCR Level1/2 Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Child Development

The course will develop a student’s knowledge and understanding of human needs in a diverse society working in a variety of contexts such as parenthood, pregnancy, diet, health and care of the child, development of the child and support for the parent and child. Through a range of tasks the student will learn a wide range of skills and knowledge relevant and transferable to other settings. This course will provide a solid foundation for progression to further Heath and Social Care studies

LEVEL 1/2 CAMBRIDGE NATIONALS CERTIFICATE is assessed in the following way:


Unit 1 - The first unit underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other Child Development qualifications. This is assessed with an externally examination.

In Unit 2, students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. Evaluation skills are transferable skills which would be of use in further studies in most areas.
In Unit 3, students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit will include researching, planning, carrying out activities with children and observing and reviewing these activities, as well as an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development. These transferable skills will support further studies in many other subjects.

Unit 2 and 3 are internally assessed units.
Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
OCR Cambridge Nationals Child Development


This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip students with a sound, specialist knowledge along with skills for everyday use. The hands-on approach reflects the way in which students use new technology and will underpin a highly valid method of assessing their skills for the many progression routes available

There are two mandatory units

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings. External written paper - 1 hour long.
R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings Centre assessed task, OCR moderated.
There are then two optional units
R025: Understanding life stages. Centre Assessed task, OCR moderated.
R029: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health. Centre assessed task, OCR moderated

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
OCR Cambridge Nationals Health and Social Care


Mrs. Joanne Cummings – Teacher of Health and Social Care and Child Development

Enrichment Opportunities

Students can access help most nights of the week but the current support is for year 10 Health and Social Care on a Thursday evening and Year 9 Child Development on a Friday night.

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.