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Child Development


This revised specification is a broad, coherent course on the development of babies and small children (0–5 years). It encourages students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills, including practical skills, in these key areas:

  • pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn baby
  • the responsibilities involved in parenting and other family roles
  • the social, physical, intellectual, communication and emotional development of small children, including their dietary, health and educational needs.

Students develop subject-specific skills such as evaluating feeding options for a baby, and transferable skills such as analytical problem solving. They also learn about relevant scientific and technological developments.



Mrs. J. Winter


This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • follow a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study;
  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills (including practical skills) required for working in the area of child development;
  • understand pregnancy, parental responsibilities and young children’s overall needs;
  • understand how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle;
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs in a multicultural society;
  • increase their knowledge and understanding of relevant technological and scientific developments;
  • develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving;
  • examine issues that affect the quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity;
  • evaluate decisions so that they develop as informed and discerning consumers;
  • make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices; and
  • engage actively in studying child development to develop as effective and independent students.


GCSE Child Development

Child Development subject description at GCSE Level