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Syllabus: OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate – J818
Aim: To encourage an understanding of the overall needs of young children and the social and environmental influences which affect their development in a contemporary, changing and multi-cultural society.
To encourage the understanding of the wide range of factors which affect the decision to have children, and the responsibilities of parenthood.
Content: The course consists of three units. The first unit underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in Health, Biology and other Child Development qualifications. Students will also gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five.
Assessment: Students are assessed on all three units. There is an examination at the end of the course; this accounts for 50% of the total of the marks. Students will also be required to submit two coursework tasks which account for the remaining 50% of the marks.
Learning will be assessed by:
Unit RO18 – 50 % – A single 1 hour 15 minute examination covering:
- Reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood.
- Antenatal care and preparation for birth.
- Postnatal checks, postnatal provisions and conditions for development.
- Recognition, management and prevention of childhood illnesses.
- Child safety.
Unit R019 – 25% – Controlled Assessment: investigation tasks.
- Demonstrating an understanding of the key factors when choosing equipment for babies from birth to 12 months.
- Demonstrating an understanding of the key factors when choosing equipment for babies from one to five years.
- Demonstrating an understanding of the nutritional guidelines and requirements for children from birth to five years.
- Demonstrating the preparation a feeding solution for 0-6 months.
Unit RO20 – 25% – Controlled Assessment – A Child Study Task.
- Demonstrating an understanding of the physical, intellectual and social developmental norms from birth to five years.
- Demonstrating an understanding of the benefits of learning through play
- Be able to plan different play activities for a chose developmental area with a child from birth to five years.
- Be able to carry out and evaluate different play activities for a chosen developmental area with a child from birth to five years.
Know about child safety:
- How to create a child-friendly environment
- Road safety
- Safety labelling
- Most common childhood accidents
- First Aid
- Social safety; personal, internet
Understand the equipment needs of children from birth to five years:
- Travelling equipment
- Feeding equipment
- Sleeping equipment
- Clothing and footwear
Be able to explain the factors affective the choice of equipment for children from birth to five years:
- Age appropriateness
- Cost and durability
Know the nutritional guidelines and requirements for children from birth to five years:
- Current government dietary guidelines
- Functions and sources of nutrients
- Additional dietary requirements
- Nutritional requirements for stages of feeding
Be able to investigate and develop feeding solutions for children from birth to five years:
- Nutritional analysis
- Factors for consideration
- Hygiene practices
- How to develop feeding solutions from birth to five years
To understand reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood:
- Factors affecting decision to be parents
- Pre-conceptual health
- Male and female reproductive systems
To understand antenatal care and preparation for birth:
- Roles of the different health professionals
- Routine checks and scans at the antenatal clinic
- Home and hospital birth
- Stages of labour, methods of delivery and pain relief
To understand postnatal checks, postnatal provision and conditions for development:
- Postnatal checks
- Specific needs of the pre-term (premature) baby
- Postnatal provision for the mother and baby and post-natal needs of the family
- Conditions for development
Preparation for pregnancy and birth:
- Development of embryo and foetus
- Health and well-being in pregnancy
- Ante-natal provision
- Preparing for the baby
- Post-natal care
Intellectual, emotional and social development:
- Conditions for intellectual development
- The development of language linked to speech problems and pre-reading skills
- Conditions for emotional development
- Learning through play
- Choice of appropriate toys
Nutrition and health:
- Feeding the newborn baby
- Bottle feeding
- Mixed feeding
- Healthy eating
- A balanced diet
- Diet-related issues
- Food preparation
- Response to infection
- Caring sick children
- Day care provision
- The community
- Voluntary agencies
- Services for children and families
- Children with special needs
- Caring for children with special needs