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Welcome to the Child Development Department at York High School!

Subject Leader:  Mrs Nicholas

The subject is relatively new to YHS, and offers a full GCSE from A* to G grade, and many enrichment opportunities, to help pupils with any career in child care / development that they choose. The course is examined (40%). Pupils then choose one of these topics to study in further detail, as a research project, forming 20% of the grade.The further 40% is made up from an in depth child study, which focuses on the different stages of development. Any pupil choosing to study the course, should ideally have access to a child between 6months and 5 years old.

The course is taught through both traditional classroom methods, visiting speakers, and visits to a range of centres. We also have an online support package, through vision 2 learn. We have established strong links with the Children's centres at Carr and Westfield, which offers pupils opportunities for placements in their nursery setting, focusing on planning arrange of activities with a particular emphasis on an area of development, working with children from 6 months to 5 years old.

We have a project which offers baby massage to the community, teaching pupils about the many benefits, including attachment, and the flip side, the effects of neglect. At YHS we are very fortunate to have 3 Real Care babies, which aim to offer pupils an small insight into the realities of caring for a small baby. All pupils taking the course have the opportunity to take the baby home for a weekend, at least once.

Curriculum Information: Child Development GCSE



Websites/ Extra Reading

Revision & Exam Materials
Revision Booklet
Preparing for a Family
Baby Centre - Premature Baby's
Diet and Health
Anna Bell Karmel - Nutrition and Bottle Feeding
Philips - Bottle Feeding
Baby Centre - Motor Skills
BBC - CBeebies
Recommended Practises for Challenging Behaviour  
Provision for the family
Yor-OK Parent Area 
Baby Massage
Baby Centre Baby Massage  
Westfield Partnership
Carr Partnership
Research project
Child Study
Real Care Babies
Contract Real Care Babies
Information for parents