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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist

Child Development and Care

Stewards Academy is excited to introduce Child Development into the curriculum.

There are three mandatory units:

R018: Health and well-being for child development

This unit provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of parenthood, from pre-conception through antenatal to postnatal care. Pupils develop an appreciation of the importance of creating the best conditions for a child to thrive.

R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years

Pupils learn about the range of equipment and nutritional and hygiene requirements of children from birth to five years, and they demonstrate in a practical activity how these needs are met to promote a child’s development and well-being.

R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

Pupils investigate the developmental norms of children from birth to five years and develop an understanding of the impact of play on the developmental norms. They apply and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through practical activities.

The first topic of study underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. Pupils will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, postnatal provision, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other child development qualifications.

In the second topic of study, pupils will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. This topic will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and students will be given the opportunity to investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes. Evaluation skills are developed, which would be of use in further studies in a number of areas.

In the third topic of study, pupils will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Pupils will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This topic will include researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills would be useful in further studies as these are transferable skills and could be applied to many subject areas.

R018: Health and well-being for child development

Written paper OCR-set and marked 1 hour and 15 minutes – 80 marks (120 UMS) Learners answer all questions

R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years

Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated Approx. 7-10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS)

R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated Approx. 7-10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS) 30 M Key : M = mandatory unit