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Early Years - Child Development & Care

We believe the ability to understand how to look after ourselves and others within our society is vital in the modern world. Studying Child Development at key stage 4 will give students a diverse range of knowledge and understanding of the world in which young children will live and develop. As a department we prepare our students to be responsible for their own actions in their community and to respect the views and wishes of others, embracing our Christian values of treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
We use the NCFE/CACHE level 1/2 specification for the Child Development and Care qualification. We feel this vocational specification brings the subject to life and inspires them to achieve more by using a blend of coursework and examination units. Enhancing learning by recognising the importance of additional qualifications to widen the qualifications gained by the students.  One of the additional courses is the BSL – British Sign Language Course.
We believe these vocational courses encourage learners to make informed choices about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways.  The option of a Child Care work experience placement during the Year 10 Work Experience Week would also enhance the learning of students on this course; however this is not compulsory.
Finally, the qualification will enable students to develop a sound understanding of child development and well-being for children aged between 0-5 years of age.  We aim to ensure that all students who will undertake the course have achieved the skills and qualifications needed to be able to tackle the next steps in their chosen career and compete with the very best.
Young children playing with coloured blocks
Young children playing


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