Child Development - GCSE
Introduction to course
This course seeks to encourage an understanding of the overall needs of young children and the social and environmental influences that affect their development. It emphasises the management of resources and informed decision making to meet the needs of young children by the development of relevant, appropriate and transferable skills. Contact with young children is essential.
Syllabus content - KS4
Throughout the course, students will study the responsibilities of parenthood, pregnancy and the special needs of the mother-to-be, as well as the role of the father; general health and the nutritional needs of family members; the intellectual, social, physical and emotional development of the child as well as studying the family and community.
Typical lesson activities
- Group work and presentations to include individual research and the use of outside speakers and agencies
- Role play scenarios
- Discussion work
- The use of multi-media as a means of developing skills and knowledge
- Close involvement with and observation of young children through work experience, visiting mothers and health visitors
Child Development allows pupils the opportunity to consider and discuss questions relating to the meaning of life, the nature of humanity and the recognition of individual worth. Moral education in Child Development involves pupils recognising and understanding that values, attitudes and beliefs in what is right or wrong, bad or good, will differ in both individuals and communities. These issues will impact directly on the day-to-day decisions that have to be made by parents, or those considering parenthood, with regard to their responsibilities towards their child. Social education in Child Development involves pupils learning to understand and respect different approaches to child development and how these are influenced by the society into which a child is born. Opportunities also exist to consider questions of group identity, belonging and behaviour which directly influence both parents and children. Cultural education in Child Development involves pupils considering the values, attitudes and roles of people that prevail in societies and communities. They will learn to understand and respect different approaches to child development and how these are influenced by the community into which a child is born. Questions of parents’ responsibilities, attitudes to child care and the provision of communal services will be particularly relevant. Pupils also consider the ways in which children are brought up in different cultures which is both interesting and valuable.