Child Development & Care

NCFE Cache Technical Award

Course Outline ‐ What will I learn?

Why study Child Care

Child Care is an excellent subject to choose if you aspire to work with young children in the future; this may be in an early years setting, such as a nursery, or in any number of roles that require an understanding of child development, such as nursing or social work.

Content areas

1. Child development 0-5yrs

2. Factors that influence the child’s development

3. Care routines, play and activities to support the child

4. Early years provision

5. Legislation, policies and procedures in the Early Years

6. Expectations of the Early Years practitioner

7. Roles and responsibilities within Early Years settings

8. The importance of observations in Early Years childcare

9. Planning in Early Years childcare

How it will be assessed

Pupils will achieve grade Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

The course comprises of two parts. The first part is a

controlled assessment which is undertaken in the

classroom and is worth 50% of their final grade. This consists of 6 essay style tasks.

The second part is a written exam, worth 50%, which pupils will sit at the end of Year 11. This exam covers all content areas. 

Skills

Child Care involves a lot of coursework; you will need:

  • an interest in Child Care related jobs
  • good reading and extended writing skills
  • good organisational skills and the ability to meet coursework deadlines
  • the confidence to go out into the community and talk to people involved in Child Care services
  • the ability to find your own informa on and conduct research
  • to be able to think for yourself and work independently
  • determination and the ability to remain motivated whilst completing extended writing assessments

What parents need to know

Please be aware that this course has a controlled assessment which is worth 50% of the pupil’s final grade. We work to tight exam board deadlines and, therefore, it is essential that these assignments are completed in the given timeframe. Failure to meet these deadlines will affect the pupil’s final grade.

Potential further study and careers

Potential further study and careers

  • CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3
  • A Level Health & Social Care (Applied)
  • BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care (Trainee Health Professionals)
  • BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care (Community);
  • Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3
  • CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education

Careers

There are various careers in both Health and Social Care and in Child Care. Here are some examples:

  • Children’s Nurse
  • Early years practitioner
  • Primary school teacher
  • Family support worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Child psychologist
  • Child psychiatrist
  • Childminder / nanny
  • Play therapist

Please contact: E.Ronan on info@oakwood.ac

 

 

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