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Child Development

Child Development

This course is designed for learners aged 14–16 who have an interest in children’s learning and development and wish to develop the skills and learn the theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within the childcare sector.

Structure and Assessment:          

Students will be awarded L1 or L2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

There are three units as follows:

  • Unit RO18: Health and Well-being for Child development. (60 GLH) This unit will be externally assessed through a 1 hour 15 minute exam in January of Year 11.
  • Unit RO19: Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years. (30 GLH)
  • Unit RO20: Understand the development of a child from birth to 5 years (30 GLH).


The units cover the following key elements of child development:

  • Unit RO18: understanding the roles and responsibilities that come with parenthood, from reproduction to pregnancy, through to the preparation for birth. Students will then focus on the care of a child from birth to 5 years.
  • Unit RO19: Learning about the equipment needed for a child from birth to 12 months and then from 1-5 years. Demonstrating an understanding of the nutritional needs of a child from birth to 12 months and then 1-5 years.
  • Unit RO20: students will understand the physical, intellectual and social development norms from birth to five years; the benefits of learning through play; carry out and evaluate different play activities for a chosen developmental area with a child from birth to 5 years.

It is very important that students are able to visit a child of between 0 and 5 years of age on a regular basis during the course.

For further information, contact Mrs K Howell and Mrs L Bird