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GCSE CHILD DEVELOPMENT

CCEA GCSE Syllabus

WHAT YOU WILL BE LEARNING

Students will learn about the birth and subsequent development of the child. They will be given opportunities to investigate, organise, communicate and evaluate using different skills. They will learn theories about the family, how a child grows and learns and they will study different ethical, cultural and social issues in our society. However an equally important aspect to this GCSE is the practical experience the students obtain by actually going into a child care setting and gaining work experience there.

The course content is as follows:

· FAMILY LIFE

  • Parenthood and its responsibilities
  • Parenthood and pregnancy
  • Preparations for the birth
  • The new born baby
  • Post-natal care of the mother and baby
  • Childhood illness

· STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT AND FACTORS AFFECTING

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

· DIET & HEALTH

  • Principles of a healthy diet and lifestyle for pre-conceptual and pregnant women
  • Dietary needs of babies and young children
  • Food safety

· CHOICE & MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES

  • Keeping a child safe
  • Choice of clothing and footwear
  • Choice of equipment
  • Sources of information and support available.
  • Childcare provision

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Written Paper: 60%

Coursework (Child Study): 40%

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Child development teaches many skills that are invaluable for life, including how to look after a family. However it also lays a good foundation for careers as classroom assistants, nursery workers, midwives, social workers and any of the caring professions.