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The Barlow RC High School

Child Development

Curriculum Area: Child Development
Curriculum Leader: Miss Quartey-Papafio, Mrs Holland

Child Development Learning Journey

Inspirational Quote

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy”
Oscar Wilde

Curriculum Intent

The rationale of the current Child Development curriculum (through the Cambridge National qualification) at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is to:

  • Inspire and equip our students with independence and confidence in using skills that are relevant to the childcare sector and more widely.
  • Develop knowledge in all aspects of child development, from conception to five years, as well as providing safe and nurturing environments.
  • Develop the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to create the best conditions for a child’s development and well-being.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

OCR Cambridge National Child Development

The qualification allows for a wide breadth of study, covering:
Examination unit RO57:

  • Pre-conception health and reproduction
  • Antenatal care and preparation for birth
  • Post-natal checks and the conditions for development
  • Childhood illness and a child safe environment

Coursework unit RO58:
Creating a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years

  • Creating a safe environment in a childcare setting
  • Choosing Suitable Equipment for a childcare setting
  • Nutritional Needs of children from birth to 5 years
  • Plan, prepare and evaluate a feed or a meal

Coursework unit RO59:
Understand the development of a child from one to five years

  • Physical, intellectual and social developmental norms from 1 to 5 years
  • Stages and types of play and how play benefits development
  • Observe the development of a child aged 1 to 5 years
  • Plan and evaluate play activities for a child aged 1 to 5 years for a chosen area of development

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Support Materials

The exam board for Child Development is OCR Cambridge National, there are various different sights that can support learning and aid revision:

Revision books/ practice work books

Past papers can be accessed from:


Child development will provide you with various opportunities to pursue a career with children, careers such as:

  • Nursery Nurse
  • Nursery Manager
  • Special educational needs Coordinator
  • Physical activity and nutritional needs Coordinator
  • Early years Senior Practitioner
  • Teaching Assistant