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


Year 9 (Phase 3) Children’s Play, Learning and Development

In Year 9 students will study unit 2 of the course.  This will be based on play and how play supports the development of children.  Thereafter they will move onto unit 1 which is exam based and focuses on patterns of development.

Term 1: Development, play, how children play, how adults support play, assignment 1a

Term 2: Types of play, assignment 1b, structures of play

Term 3: Assignment 1c, begin the learning for Unit 1 – Growth, development, milestones


Year 10 (Phase 3) Children’s Play, Learning and Development

In Year 10 students will study unit 1 of the course, which is based on patterns of child development, and begin unit 2. Students will take the exam in May/June 2020.

Term 1: Growth, development, factors that affect this, principles of development, areas of development, links between areas, milestones

Term 2: Adult role in supporting development, milestones continued, exam preparation

Term 3: Begin unit 2 – play, benefits of play and how children play, assignment 1a, exam preparation


Year 11 (Phase 3) Children’s Play, Learning and Development

In Year 11 students will complete unit 2 (play) and study unit 3 which is based on principles and practice of early years. Students will sit an exam in January 2020

Term 1: Types of play, structures of play, completion of assignment 1, exam preparation

Term 2: Exam preparation. Unit 3 – Inclusive practice, assignment 1a & 1b

Term 3: Empowerment and key person approach, assignment 1c & 1d


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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