Child development

Why study child development?

The BTEC in child development will give you the fundamental knowledge and understanding of child development and of promoting development through play.

What will I learn?

Patterns of child development
This unit looks at child development and the patterns that can be seen as children grow and
develop. It will help you to understand why children at particular ages and stages tend to do similar things.

Promoting children’s development through play
You will learn how play can promote children’s development and about the type of play
opportunities that early years settings provide.

Principles of early years practice
In this unit we explore the different types of early years settings including childminders, nurseries and schools. Although different, they all work on the same basic principles to make sure each child benefits from the opportunities on offer within each setting.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination
  • Coursework
  • Internally assessed work is coursework based and students are required to complete a variety of assignments in different formats to show their understanding. For example, this might be in the form of producing an information booklet or producing a plan for play opportunities.

Future pathways and careers

  • Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Nursery practitioner
  • Teacher

Examination board


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