The Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care provides learners with the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector.
It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years. It includes the 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 of children aged 0-5 years. It also gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study.
For more information, please refer to the curriculum handbook in your year group’s curriculum area or please contact Miss Pearson (Assistant headteacher and Child development teacher).
Child development is offered at Key Stage 4 and is a popular option.
The course is designed to suit those who may wish to pursue a career in the childcare, health or education sectors. Pupils learn about the holistic development of children aged 0-5 years, the important milestones in each development area, how development can be impacted and how to support children physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in this age group.
Pupils also learn what they need to take into consideration when working with children, including their roles and responsibilities, covering a wide range of issues from safeguarding to inclusion.
The course is 50% externally assessed and 50% internally assessed. The Internal assessment includes two units covering all the above in detail. Throughout the course, pupils learn to independent and organise their time effectively managing their deadlines for the controlled assessment.
The external unit covers all the work learnt for the controlled assessment; through one written exam paper. Pupils are able to sit this exam twice.
There is always the opportunity for additional classes to complete work which will be timetabled with your teacher.
Pupils opting for this course, are advised if they are actively interested in a career working with children, to organise a work placement during work experience week in Year 10 in a childcare setting.
The experience they will gain from a practical environment completes the course perfectly.