Child Development

Contact: Miss Vince-Guiden, Teacher of Child Development


The Child Development course is ideal for those who are interested in young children and how they develop. It is a useful subject for those interested in a career in teaching, child care or nursing.

What will it be like:

You will learn about what happens in pregnancy and birth. You will study what it is like to have children and how they develop and grow. In class we will use written tasks, quizzes, discussions, DVDs and investigations to build your knowledge. You will also complete a number of short projects (resource tasks), make items that are suitable for young children and carry out a study of the development of a young child that you know.

Areas of study will include:

  • Types of family and their role in society
  • Reproduction, pregnancy and birth
  • Care of young children from birth to 5 years
  • Physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the child
  • Services available to support families


Students will either follow an OCR GCSE and submit their best 3 Short tasks, a more complex Child study and undertake an exam or two level 2 NCFE courses that are each based around portfolios of evidence to show your learning. The portfolios will contain various tasks, leaflets and practical examples.

Beyond Year 11:

This is an ideal course for those wishing to follow a career linked to young children. It is a good foundation for studying Child Care courses at the Isle of Wight College.