KS4 Child Development

OCR Cambridge Nationals in Child Development

The Cambridge National in Child Development covers all aspects of child development and parental responsibility, from conception to five years. Students develop the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to create the best conditions for a child’s development and well-being.

The qualification comprises of three mandatory units:


Health and well-being for child development.

This is an examined unit set and marked by OCR which comprises of five learning outcomes:

LO1 - Understand reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood

LO2 - Understand ante natal care and preparation for birth

LO3 - Understand post natal checks, post natal provision and conditions for development

LO4 - Understand how to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illness

LO5 - Know about child safety


Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.

In the second topic of study, students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. This topic will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and students will be given the opportunity to investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes. Evaluation skills are developed, which would be of use in further studies in a number of areas. 


Understand the development norms of a child from birth to five years.

In the third topic of study, students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This topic will include researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills would be useful in further studies as these are transferable skills and could be applied to many subject areas.

How will it be examined?

There are three units: one examined and two internally assessed and externally moderated, comprising 50% for the exam and 25% for the other two units.



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Students can gain further insight into the subject by watching and thinking about television series such as ‘Secret Life of 4 Year Olds’, ‘Hospital’ or ‘One Born Every Minute’.