Curriculum Intent:

The core purpose of Child Development & CPLD at KEVI HWGA is to:

  • Equip students with knowledge of how children are expected to grow, develop and learn, and factors which may affect this
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of the role of an Early Years Practitioner in a variety of different settings
  • Inspire students to want to pursue a career working with children

In Key Stage 4, students work at Level 2 which is GCSE equivalent.  They start this in Year 10, and will achieve the following qualification at the end of Year 11:

Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Child Development

In Key Stage 5, students will work at Level 3, completing the equivalent of a 1 A Level qualification, when taken alongside other A level subjects or BTEC qualifications as part of a programme of study. This is a 2 year course with students achieving the following qualification at the end of the 2 years:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning & Development

All of the above courses will support our students in gaining an in-depth understanding of the growth and development of children, including expected development of children, factors that may influence this, and how development is interlinked. The role of the adult in supporting the development of children is also explored in depth, and in different ways, depending on the qualification.

All qualifications are assessed by an external exam, and students will also have to produce some independent coursework.

In Key Stage 5, students will undertake work experience in childcare settings, and will be assessed through observation in the workplace, and through completion of a portfolio which shows how they have demonstrated their competency.

Staffing:     Mrs S Steele                  Head of Child Development and CPLD

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