The Highcrest Academy

Child Development

Welcome to Child Development. This course is designed for students with a passion for working with children

This course will allow you to progress on to further study within this sector or seek employment within the child care sector. The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the childcare sector.

The qualification is assessed using internally assessed assignments and written exams which are set and marked by OCR.


Our knowledge-rich curriculum will support learners’ understanding of the developmental norms of children from birth to five years, as well as the stages and benefits of play. Our teaching and learning will foster enthusiasm for the discipline and subsequently prepare students for careers in related fields in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology. By studying this course, students will gain a real insight into all of the challenges, excitement, considerations and responsibility surrounding children’s development and the number of agencies and people involved in caring for that development. This course aims to challenge students to investigate the equipment needed for babies, toddlers and preschool children up to five. The Child Development course encourages multiple approaches to learning, such as practical opportunities and real-life scenarios, which will support students to develop their applied knowledge and practical skills.

Child Development Level 1/2 Certificate - J818

Cambridge Nationals
Exam Board: OCR

Course Content

Unit 1: The first unit underpins all of the other learning in this qualification.

All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other Child Development qualifications.

In Unit 2, 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. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. Evaluation skills are transferable skills which would be of use in further studies in most areas.

In Unit 3, students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit will include researching, planning, carrying out activities with children and observing and reviewing these activities, as well as an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development. These transferable skills will support further studies in many other subjects.


Unit R018:

Health and well-being for child development

60 GLH 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper 80 marks (120 UMS).

OCR-set and marked.

This question paper consists of two sections, comprising short answer and extended response questions. It assesses the quality of written communication.

Unit R019:

Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.

30 GLH Centre assessed tasks 60 marks (60 UMS.

Centre assessed and OCR moderate.

The centre assessed tasks will be practical tasks in the context of an assignment, selected from the OCR bank of OCR set assignments.

Unit R020:

Understanding the development of a child from birth to five years.

30 GLH Centre assessed tasks 60 marks (60 UMS).

Centre assessed and OCR moderated.

The centre assessed tasks will be practical tasks in the context of an assignment, selected from the OCR bank of OCR set assignments.


This qualification provides a firm basis for progression to Further Education, whether it is on to BTECs, Levels or an apprenticeship.