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.

Intent

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 ensure students 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. 

Impact

Our curriculum will ensure all students are fully engaged in their lessons and play an active role in their learning. Indeed, our project-based schemes, portfolio approach and home learning plan will contribute to them developing very strong independent learning skills, both within and outside of the classroom, and becoming critical and analytical learners, able to make decisions. We 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. 

NCFE CACHE LEVEL 2 TECHNICAL AWARD IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CARE

This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development of children aged 0-5 years. It also gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study.

This qualification consists of 3 units:

  • Unit 1: An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years, graded A*– D, assessed by an externally set, internally marked assessment task. Mandatory assessments for each unit will be subject to internal and external quality assurance.
  • Unit 2: Development and well-being 0-5 years, graded A*– D, assessed by an externally set, internally marked assessment task. Mandatory assessments for each unit will be subject to internal and external quality assurance.
  • Unit 3: Child-care and development 0-5 years graded A*-D, assessed by an externally set and externally marked synoptic scenario based short answer examination (component TACDC).

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners will be able to progress to further relevant Level 2 programmes of study or Level 3 programmes of study including those from our Early Years Educator suite. Learners may also progress to an Apprenticeship route in early years or child-care at either Level 2 or Level 3.

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