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Welcome to the Child Development Department at York High School!
Subject Leader:  Mrs Nicholas
At YHS pupils study OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development, this is a level 1 / 2 course, graded as pass, merit or distinction.
The course is split into 3 units.
RO18 is an externally examined unit, forming 50% of the grade. This unit covers conception through to birth and vital aspects of parenthood and the developing child. The exam is made up of 6 split questions, 2 of which require extended writing.
RO19 is split into 4 moderated tasks, pupils are required to research equipment needed for 2 age rooms in a nursery, produce a booklet of information for nursery staff about nutritional requirements for children and also demonstrate how to prepare a hygienic meal for a given aged child.
For RO20, pupils are asked to create a pack of information for the nursery staff, showing norms of development from birth to 5 years and the benefits of play. The final piece is an in-depth study on a child of their choice, based upon play activities, linking together the knowledge they have gained across the rest of the course.
We are lucky at YHS to have good links with the local children’s centres and have used their facilities and staff to extend pupils understanding and experience. Pupils also have the opportunity to take home one of our real care babies, to gain a short insight into parenthood.
This course is a good foundation for those wanting to go on to study childcare or health and social care at college.