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Childcare 

Staff List and HOD Names

Ms Lois Murray (HOD)

Mrs Helena McAlister

Aims of Department

We aim to guide students to become independent learners who can make use of, and apply, their learning to working with children. We help students to fulfil their potential through supportive, effective relationships.

The main aims of Child Development are:

  • To stimulate and maintain student curiosity, interest, and enjoyment of Child Development

  • To enable students to become familiar with the knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to Child Development

  • To enable students to apply their learning to different contexts.

  • To engage students in work-related learning

  • To enable students to work independently and as part of a team.

  • To promote the childcare sector for employment

Outline of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Additional Info

Contacts:

The Head of department is Ms L. Murray and for further information on any of the courses offered in the Health and Social Care: 

Ms L. Murray- lmurray696@c2ken.net

Ms H. McAlister- hmcalister728@c2ken.net

Ms M. Mullan- mmullan017@c2ken.net

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GCSE Child Development (CCEA)

The specification allows students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to:

– family, pregnancy and the responsibilities of being a parent;

– birth and caring for a newborn baby;

– diet and lifestyle choices and their impact;

– the dietary and developmental needs of young children; and

– the health and well-being of young children.

Specification Summary

 

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy and the Newborn Baby (30%)

External exam, 1 hour 15 minutes, includes multiple-choice, short and structured questions, and extended writing questions

 

Unit 2: The Development of the Child (0–5 Years) (30%)

External exam, 1 hour 15 minutes, includes multiple-choice, short and structured questions, and extended writing questions

 

 

Unit 3: Investigation Task (40%)

Controlled assessment, 3000 words, new task set every year

 

Level 2 Occupational Studies Childcare (CCEA)

This course fully internally assessed which focuses on providing care for babies and young children in terms of their care, development and learning needs.

Units include: 

·         The Physical Care of Babies (Year 11- 50%)

·         The Children’s Play Area (Year 12- 50%)

 

 

Key Stage 5- A Level

Pearson BTEC Childrens’ Care Learning and Development Level 3: this programme is fully internally assessed and allows for placement in a childcare sector to allow for achieving the qualification. This course also looks in detail about the role of Childcare professionals and careers.

 

Units include: 

·         Positive Relationships for Children’s Care Learning and Development

·         Positive Environment for Children’s Care Learning and Development

·         Promoting Children's Development

·         Safeguarding Children

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