Child Care

This vocational qualification offers pupils a basic introduction to the childcare sector. It equips pupils with a knowledge and understanding of child development and wellbeing, focusing primarily on children from the ages of 0-5 years old. Pupils will focus on developing a range of practical skills and engagement techniques which are necessary for working with children in a variety of early years’ settings. They will learn about key stages in a child’s intellectual, physical and social development. Pupils will also learn about health and safety to ensure they are well-equipped to recognise and prevent any potential dangers to a child’s welfare. They will be encouraged to extend their understanding of the sector through appropriate role play and practical activities.


Year 11
  • Health and well-being for child development – covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, post-natal provision, childhood illnesses and child safety.
  • Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years – covering nutrition and hygiene practices.  Students investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes.
  • Understanding the development of a child from birth to five years – covering researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms.


Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: OCR Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Child Development Level 1/2 – J818

Enrichment Offer

Through links with local nursery schools, pupils benefit from opportunities to work with babies or young children and observe their development. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.