Child Development

"Children are our most valuable resource." Herbert Hoover

Child development incorporates Biology, Sociology and Psychology. The course covers a wide range of topics from Family, Pregnancy, Labour and Birth, Child Care, Safety, Special Needs and Development from birth up until 5 years of age. 

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board: AQA Home Economics- Child Development.

Course outline
Unit 1: Written Paper 40% of overall marks 1 hour 30 mins
Unit 2: Research Task 20% of overall marks
Unit 3: Child Study 40% of overall marks





Year 10

The Family, Pre-Conceptual care, Ante-Natal care.

Pregnancy, Labour, Birth, New Born Baby.

Coursework – “Research Task”

Caring for a Child

Development from Birth to 5 Years. Coursework-“Child Study”

Year 11


Clothing, Equipment, Shoes, Feeding, Safety.

Coursework-“Child Study”.


Reading, Writing, and Speech development.

Revision of work.

Coursework-“Child Study”.

Revision preparation for exams

Outside the classroom

Pupils can visit parks, playgrounds and nursery schools and observe children playing to extend their knowledge. Pupils can volunteer at a Rainbow session or playgroup, or to babysit, to increase their interaction with children. Pupils can help friends and family with young children to develop basic childcare skills, and gain an understanding of children’s behaviour.

Pupils can read around the subject studied in class, and research topics in the library. They can visit clinics and maternity units and speak to staff and mothers.

Progression pathways and careers

Child Development is a good basis for students interested in working in any area with children or families. There is a wide range of careers from midwifery, nursing, social work, nursery teaching to nannying, child psychology and paediatrics.

Useful links


Ms Cheryl Wilsenach Child Development teacher  

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