Child Development

Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

Early Years Workers and other professionals working with children (e.g. child psychologists) must identify, observe, analyse, and interpret actions to evaluate and support the complex nature of human development and behaviour. We learn to use these skills not only for the benefit of children but in order to increase our empathy and willingness to care for others.

Teachers appreciate that students will have experienced a variety of early life experiences, and these will impact their understanding parenting and care. Therefore, a non-judgemental yet evidence-based style needs to be adopted.

Relevant values to be developed in students include: empathy, honesty, integrity, responsible stewardship, cooperation, clarity, discernment and logical reason, creativity, beauty, perseverance, respect for life, precision, judgement in interpretation, and accuracy in reporting.


2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Investigate the development of humans from conception to 5 years. Covering principles of development as well as the differences of development in four areas: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social. The purpose being to see the wonder that leads to us becoming the people we are.

b. Apply the understanding of development to the upbringing of children, understanding that the actions of the carers can influence the future and success of the children. Therefore, understanding responsibly, and recognising societal and ethical implications for the care sector.

c. Develop practical skills in the care and protection of children. Investigating relevant equipment and appropriate nutritional requirements as well as health and safety precautions and first aid.

d. Link child development with other curriculum areas in order to develop students’ appreciation of the unity of knowledge whilst also enriching their deeper understanding of the world around us.


Curriculum Overview

Year 9
Year 10 to 11 – Child Development