Child Development

Welcome to the Child Development department


Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development 

In Year 9, students can choose to study a BTEC course of Child Development.  Over the duration of the course, students not only develop excellent knowledge and understanding of how children develop and what adults can do to support this development, they also learn to manage their own time, organise themselves and develop excellent exam and academic writing skills.  The course boasts excellent results and outcomes for students and enables them to take up further study in Sixth Form, College or Apprenticeships and ultimately supports them into University and the workplace.


Mrs M Shannon – Course Leader

There are two core units and one mandatory one: 

Unit 1: Patterns of child development

This unit aims to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of child development. Learners will learn about five different areas of development – physical, cognitive, communication and language, emotional and social, and how these areas are linked.

Unit 2: Promoting children’s development through play

In this unit, learners look at how early years settings use play to promote children’s learning and development at different ages and stages, including babies, and the types of play opportunities that early years settings usually provide.

Unit 3: The principles of early years practice

In this unit, learners will look at some of the key principles that are reflected in best practice in early years. Learners will learn about inclusive practice as a way of valuing children and ensuring that they can benefit from the opportunities within the setting. Learners will also explore how children are empowered to ensure that children learn to become independent and develop a strong self-image, as well as ways in which this is put into practice.

Assessment: 40% exam

Click here to see an overview of the topics in Years 9 -11. 

Please note that these may be tweaked based on the individual needs of the students. 

How parents can support 
Homework Monitoring completion of assignments as shown on Show My Homework

Supporting revision as guided on Satchel:One 

Use notes to quiz students, particularly on milestones of development

Revision Guide Revision Guide has already been provided to students
Useful Websites
Exam Practice Past Papers and Answers available at:

Resources Exercise Books
Revision Book
Revision Resources created in class
Past Papers
Intervention Wednesdays and Thursdays in W4
Career Opportunities 

The course is specific to young children however it does offer entry into a wide range of career opportunities:

  •       Early Years (birth to 5)
  •       Teaching
  •       Social Work
  •       Youth Work
  •       Health and Social Work

Without a specific qualification in Child Development you are unable to work directly with young children.

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