Subject Leader: Mrs A Murray
What are the key topics and themes? When will they be taught?
The course allows students to learn basic skills and knowledge when looking
after children aged 0 - 8 years in an educational setting. Key topics include:
● Introduction to working with children.
● Respecting and valuing children.
● Sharing learning experiences with children.
● Growth and development of children.
● Supporting children with play.
In Year 10, students complete the following work:
● Unit 1 - Patterns of child development (written examination)
● Unit 2 - Three assignments that focus on promoting children’s development through play.
In Year 11, students complete the following work:
● Unit 3 - Four assignments that focus on the principles of early years practice.
How will my son or daughter be assessed? When do these assessments take place?
A written examination takes place in Year 10. The examination includes a range of different question styles including multiple-choice, short answer and extended answer questions. Students must pass the written examination to gain the qualification.
A number of assignments are completed during the course. In Year 10 there are three assignments that focus on promoting children’s development through play. In Year 11 there are four assignments that focus on the principles of early years practice.
The assignments are all graded as follows:
● Level 1 Pass
● Level 2 Pass
● Level 2 Merit
● Level 2 Distinction
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
A knowledge book for unit 1 is given to students during year 10. The knowledge book includes a list of “core knowledge” for revision purposes.