This is an overview of the Child Development curriculum at Workington Academy.

Subject Child Care
Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Key Stage 4
Exam Board AQA
Course Title Home Economics: Child Development
Year 10 Parenthood/ Family/ Newborn and premature babies/ Postnatal care. Child development including Physical, Intellectual, Cognitive and language skills. Child development including social and emotional skills.Play/ Toys and games.Childcare and Health.

Start Child Study and Research

Year 11 Child Study and Research continued.Reproduction/ Pregnancy and birth. Weaning/Feeding.Support of parents.Childcare provision.

Educational provision.

Health visitors/ Social Services and Statutory requirements.

Revise Parenthood/ Family/Newborn and premature babies/Post natal care/ Child Development/Play /Toys and games.
Key Stage 5
Exam Board OCR
Course Title BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development – Level 3 equivalent.  Also gives UCAS points for those students wishing to go on into Higher Education.
Year 12 Unit 1: Child DevelopmentExam preparation and an introduction to the theories               Unit 1: Child DevelopmentExam preparation and an introduction to the milestones.

Unit 11: Reflective Practice

This is all the work that students carry out on placement – continuously taught/tutored for two years culminating in the completion of a PEP ( Practice Evidence Portfolio)

Unit 11: Reflective Practice

Unit 3: Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs   Unit 2: Play and Learning

The importance of play to development and types and stages of play

Unit 9: Observation, Assessment and PlanningLinks with Unit 11 – an essential part of their practice.               Unit 5: Working With Parents and Others in Early YearsHow to communicate with and form professional relationships with adults in the sector

Unit 12: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Promoting an understanding of this curriculum which covers ages 0-5years    Unit 4: Health and Safety in Early Years Settings

How to maintain a safe and healthy environment

Unit 13: Research SkillsStudents will learn how to carry out and present a piece of original research.                Unit 7: Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional DevelopmentUnit 1 – exam preparation                 Unit 6: Supporting Children’s Speech, Communication and Language
The placement work consistently reflects the theory being studied in the 6th Form and students are on placement for 2 days of every week in the following age ranges:Autumn & Spring Terms   – ages 0-2 years and 2-4 years in a mixture of private nurseries and school nurseries.Summer Term – age  4-5 years in reception classes in Infants schools.
Year 13 Unit 11: Diet and Nutrition for ChildrenHow to promote a healthy diet for children and why this is important.Unit 25: Modern Beliefs and Religions for the Early Years Practitioner

Following our multi-cultural trip to Bradford we learn about other religions and how to work with children of unfamiliar religions and faiths.

Unit 10: Promoting Wellbeing and Resilience in Children

How to promote self-esteem, how important this is and how it can be undermined by family circumstances.

Unit 6: Promoting Children’s Rights

This promotes awareness of children’s rights with regards to diversity of all kinds.

Unit 8: Research Methodology for Children’s Care, Learning and


The chance for learners to make an interesting and relevant investigation of their own.

Unit 18: Supporting Children’s Literacy Skills

This includes observing how literacy is taught and planning activities for young children to promote their skills


Unit 14: Psychological Perspectives on Children’s BehaviourAn insight into the theory behind why children behave in the way they do and a chance to look at a number of influential theorists such as Piaget, Bowlby and Freud. 

Unit 5: Safeguarding Children

This Unit promotes understanding and awareness of an essential issue when working with children.

Unit 17: Supporting Children’s Numeracy Skills

This includes observing how numeracy is taught and planning activities for young children to promote their skills

Unit 16: Coaching and Mentoring Children

With the expert help of one of our school learning mentors students learn about how to coach and mentor children effectively.

Finishing their KS1 Log Books and preparing to hand in their final work.                 Unit 27: Meeting Additional Requirements for Children’s Care, Learning and DevelopmentWhilst students spend a week at a time with SEN children in a variety of settings – this Unit helps them to understand how meet these children’s needs.
The placement work allows the students to put theory into practice.  For year 13 the placements are as follows:Term 1 & 2 – Working with children aged 5 – 8 years in Key Stage One of an Infant school – 2 days per weekTerm 3 – Week in week out with SEN children in a variety of settings such as school, nurseries and Special Units and Schools.