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Child Development

Child development is taught at KS4 and KS5 as one of the many options available at Homewood. The subject is currently taught as a GCSE qualification taking two years at KS4 and one year at KS5. This subject is very popular among the female students. Child Development is essentially a ‘life skill’ and is therefore very relevant to both boys and girls. It provides students with essential information that is of value if they go on to careers that are child orientated or if they become parents themselves in the future.

Child development covers a broad syllabus that studies the overall needs of young children in all areas of their development up to the age of 5. It starts with the family and parental responsibilities that should be considered prior to having a child and progresses through to conception, pregnancy and birth.

It provides students with the opportunity develop their knowledge and understanding of the overall needs of young children and the factors that affect their development in a contemporary, changing society.

The course is assessed in two ways:

Controlled assessment - 60% of the overall mark. This takes the form of a Child Study (30%) and the completion of three Short Tasks (30%). This work is completed in class under controlled conditions. Students are encouraged to complete background research as homework. They are able to bring their findings in to class to assist with completion of the task.

Written examination – 40% of the overall mark. This takes place at the end of the course and is an assessment of the student’s knowledge and understanding of the Principles of Child Development.