Synopsis of Study
Year 9 – Child Development
During the initial term the students learn about types of families, the changes in family structure and the role of the family in our society. They also look at newborn babies and learn about health checks, and the professionals that are involved in a newborn’s care. They learn the difference between growth and development in young children and start to look at how these two areas are measured and the characteristics / skills we should expect to see in a child from 0 – 5 years.
During the second term they use the knowledge gained in the first term to create various presentations that would be suitable for a vocational placement in an Early Years Setting. They will study further the links between the five different areas of development. Students will also develop their knowledge of how certain activities can promote areas of development and growth in a child.
This term focuses around the various factors that can have an impact on a baby / young child’s growth and development. These factors could be physical, including prenatal, environmental or socio-economic. With the use of case studies they examine how children can be affected by these various factors and then present their finding using secondary research to reinforce their own opinions.
Year 10 – Child Development
In this first term the students work look at all aspects of play and the importance of play for a child’s development. They will study the stages of play seen in new babies up to 5 year olds. They will look at the different ways adults can structure play in an Early Year setting and the advantages and disadvantages of the various structures. Finally, they will examine the role of the adult when it comes to interacting with children as they play and how different approaches can be used depending on the activity, age of the child and their stage of development.
In term two the students look in detail and how to plan and resources various activities to promote learning and development in each of the five areas and at different ages. Many activities the students are given relate to tasks that they would be given if they were working on a placement or training in an Early Year Setting. The age ranges they learn to provide for are birth – 18 months, 18months – 3 years and 3 years – 5 years. For each age stage they will learn about and plan suitable activities to enhance the following: PHYSICAL development (both fine and gross motor skills); COGNITIVE and INTELLECTUAL development; COMMUNICATION and LANGUAGE development; SOCIAL development and EMOTIONAL development.
The main focus of this first term is the examination component to prepare for the written paper they take during Year 11. Learning aim A which is covered during this term, investigates the individual circumstances that may impact on a child’s learning. For example, if a child has a problem with their cognitive, communication, physical or emotional and social development. We look at how this may affect behaviour, friendships, transitions and their overall learning experience.
Year 11 – Child Development
During the first half-term the students have been learning about how to empower young children and the benefit of empowering babies, toddlers and young school children in order to help with their learning and development. They have focusses on a case study about Little Shipmates Nursery and used this to create a power point which is part of their assessment work for Unit 3. For the second half-term the focus has been on exam preparation. During lessons we have done a combination of teacher led revision and student led revision. We have worked through previous exam papers and looked in detail at mark schemes to develop the children’s understanding of how to answer the questions to obtain the maximum number of marks.
At the start of this term in January the students take their actual exam for their Child Development course. The remainder of the term is spent on the final piece of coursework for Unit 3 which is all about the importance of the Key Person approach in an Early Years Setting. The students listen to a talk from the Manager of Jack and Jill’s Nursery who discusses how they use the Key Person role at their nursery and how the children in their care benefit from having a Key Person. The students then use this information to create their own information booklet.