Child Development
Cambridge National Certificate - Level 1.2 Award

The OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development closely follows the size and format of a GCSE, as well as including topics such as internet safety.

In order to complete Units 2 and 3 and apply the knowledge learnt, it would be helpful if students choosing this option have regular access throughout the course to a child aged between one and four years old.




Unit 1 - Health & Wellbeing for Child Development


In this unit, students will learn about the importance of both pre-conceptual health and creating conditions in which a child can thrive, including the prevention and management of childhood illnesses and creating a safe environment.


Unit 2 – Creating a Safe Environment  & Understanding Nutritional Needs


In this unit, Students will learn how to create a safe environment in childcare settings for children from birth to five years.  They will investigate and choose equipment that is both suitable and safe for use.  They will also learn about nutrition and dietary needs for child from birth to five years.


Unit 3 – Understanding the Development of a Child


In this unit, students will learn the expected development norms in children aged from one to five years old.  They will use observation, research techniques and skills to investigate these developmental norms and explore their findings.



Unit 1:  Written paper (1 hour 15 minutes) set and marked by OCR.

Unit 2:  Internal assignment taught and guided by a teacher and OCR moderated.

Unit 3:  Internal assignment taught and guided by a teacher and OCR moderated.


This qualification enables students to progress to Further Education, apprenticeships or employment.

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