Curriculum Intent

The Cambridge National Child Development qualification is designed for students who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in Child Development. 

We are delivering the last year of GCSE Home Economics: Child Development to year 11 students and the current 10 students are embarking on a Cambridge National Child Development qualification. This qualification is for KS4 students who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in Child Development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

What will I study?

All students will study three mandatory topics as follows:

  • Health and well-being for child development
  • Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five Years.
  • Understand the development norms of a child from birth to five years.


The first topic underpins all the other learning in this qualification. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development covering reproduction, parental responsibility ,antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks and postnatal provision, conditions for development ,childhood illnesses and childhood safety.

In the second topic of study , students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. This topic will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and investigate feeding solutions.

In the third topic of study ,students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Students will gain knowledge of ,and skills in ,developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five .This topic will include 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.

For more information regarding the Child Development Curriculum please contact the Head of Department via our contact form