Child Development

The Aims of the Department

This most interesting and rewarding course is not only an excellent and very necessary training in understanding every aspect of parenthood within our society but it also prepares you for the   immense task of caring for children, whether your own, or in preparation for a future career. The course can lead directly onto many other interesting and exciting  opportunities :

  • Vocational courses such as: Early Learning, Health and Social Care and Society Health and Development.
  • A-Levels such as Sociology and Psychology.
  • The course gives you an insight into any profession involving children such as child minding, social work, working in a nursery or a pre-school and teaching in general.


We have excellent facilities for teaching this course including a Virtual Baby that students are invited to take home for the weekend, bottle feeding equipment, toys and children's books.

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Course Details

KS4 Child Development

Board and Exam Details

AQA Child Development, GCSE

Course Content


  • The family
  • Planning for a family
  • Preparing for the baby
  • Provision of a safe environment


  • Reproduction
  • Pre-conceptual care
  • Pregnancy
  • Preparation for the birth
  • Labour and birth
  • New-born baby
  • Postnatal care

Diet, health & care of the child

  • A healthy diet
  • Feeding a baby
  • Weaning
  • Feeding the young child
  • Food related problems
  • Child care
  • Child health

Development of the child

  • Development
  • Physical development
  • Intellectual development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Learning and play

Support for the Parent and Child

  • Types of support available
  • Child care provision
  • Educational and developmental provision

What skills students develop

Outside speakers and visitors will visit Blenheim to share their experiences with you . There are interesting  practical tasks such as making up a formula feed , making a baby’s first meals, testing nappy brands, nappy changing  and many more practical activities to reinforce your understanding.

Child Development lessons give you opportunities to discuss some of the very sensitive and relevant issues that surround children and parents. We will watch relevant documentaries  and have interesting debates .

You will be encouraged to attend locally run courses on babysitting which include topics such as First Aid and Safety. You will have the opportunity to have a ‘virtual baby’ for a weekend. This registers electronically how you respond to the demands of a baby and will give you a computer generated ‘result’ on how well you met the needs of the child.

How students are assessed

For this A.Q.A.  course you will have 5 hours of teaching every two weeks. You may have two teachers teaching you different units of the GCSE.

The course is made up of three elements:

  • Written examination ( 40%)
  • Research Task ( 20%) completed in Year 10

This will involve a project on a specific area of interest.

Topics include: Outdoor play facilities, environmental concerns regarding disposable nappies, breast feeding v bottle feeding.

  • Child Study (40%)  completed in Year 11

This will take almost 50% of the Year 11 lessons.

You will have to study the development of a child under the age of 5 and track their progress over time. You will plan four visits as well as the introductory visit and document all of your findings .  It will be a very rewarding and enjoyable project.

What makes a good Child Development student ?

  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the course.
  • Consideration towards the feelings of others as many topics we discuss may be sensitive to you and others in the group.
  • Keeping your work, homework and files up to date .
  • Being aware of Child Development issues in the news — finding  articles  and  stories relevant to the  course  and enjoying discussions on these matters.
  • Being organised and proactive with your two coursework tasks.


Homework will be a varied and will consist of research, interviews with friends and family,  researching products and ongoing visits and observations  to support your course work.

How parents can help

Parents can assist by involving students with childcare arrangements.  Perhaps students could babysit for friends and relatives under parental supervision.  Students will need to study a child as part of their coursework, so help would be appreciated in finding a suitable child to study and to help arrange observations over a period of six months.

It would be useful if students attended the babysitting course which is arranged by Lintons Lane.  Information is available from the Department when the courses are run.

Support will be needed when students take home their virtual baby – it can be hard work!