Welcome to Child Development

Departmental Courses

  • Vocational Child Development

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs N Wilkins (n.wilkins@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk)

Child Development – Vocational Child Development

Why study Child Development?

This qualification focuses on the development of a child from conception to the age of 5. It develops knowledge and understanding in all aspects of child development. It is suitable for students who are considering a career working with children and for students who wish to learn about how to care for children.

Topics include:

  • Reproduction and the responsibilities of parenthood
  • Antenatal care and preparation for the birth
  • Postnatal checks and conditions for development
  • How to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses
  • Child safety
  • Physical, intellectual and social development


  • Child Study coursework task on a child between the ages of birth -5 years old.

(25% of the total marks).  Students MUST have access to a child within this age group

  • Coursework task on equipment and nutrition

(25% of the total marks)

  • Written paper of 1 hour and 15 minutes

(50 % of the total marks)

Completion of the Cambridge National will allow access to further education such as a level 3 course in child care or similar, that can then lead onto a variety of careers in a wide range of settings.

  • Early years teacher.
  • Education consultant.
  • Education mental health practitioner.
  • Family support worker.
  • Health play specialist.
  • Learning mentor.
  • Play therapist.
  • Nursery assistant