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Child Development

Aims for Department

“To provide robust Creative Arts & Vocational Education to Thamesview students facilitating a smooth transition to Post 16 Study, Work Place Training and beyond.”

We strongly believe in the CAVE Faculty that Creative Arts and Vocational Education should be accessible to all students irrespective of academic ability, physical ability, gender, ethnic group or social background. In light of this a variety of programmes have been designed to cater to all levels with a focus on valuable industry specific as well as transferable skills. This varied pallet includes Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Food Technology, Information Technology, Design Technology, Construction, Hair and Beauty and Child Development.

Interactive learning

All classrooms have either interactive whiteboards and projectors or touchscreen TVs; this helps our teaching staff to engage the students with modern technology in the learning process.

Child Development Curriculum plan

Year Group

Curriculum overview


Year 10

In Year 10 and 11 students study the Cambridge National in Child Development which covers all aspects of child development and parental responsibility, from conception to five years. Students develop the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to create the best conditions for a child’s development and well-being. Identifying Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social aspects of childhood.

The coursed is assessed through 2 pieces of coursework and a final written exam.

Areas of Focus

  • Nutritional needs
  • Play
  • Emotional needs
  • Safety
  • Parental responsibility

Year 11

Course Overview

Written Paper: Health and well-being for child development

Coursework: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years

Coursework: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

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