OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development


Who is this qualification for? 

This qualification is for learners aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. 


What will you study as part of this qualification? 

This qualification provides you with an introduction to child development and well-being. You will need to complete 3 mandatory units to achieve this qualification. 

The mandatory units are: 

  • Health and well-being for child development
  • Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.
  • Understand the development norms of a child birth to five years.


Is this qualification right for you? 

This qualification is a good choice for you if you wish to gain an understanding of child development and well-being. This qualification is ideal for you if you wish to progress to further learning in this area, as it supports progression to a broad range of vocational training courses at Level 2 and above.


Why should you take this qualification? 

This qualification serves as an introduction to child development and well-being and counts as one GCSE. 


What could this qualification lead to? 

Progression to further relevant level 2 programmes of study or level 3 programmes of study including those from our Early Years Educator suite. You may also progress to an Apprenticeship route in early years or childcare at either Level 2 or Level 3.


What knowledge and skills will the learner develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies? 

This qualification will enable you to develop significant transferable knowledge and study skills that will support progression to further learning, including:

 ∙ an awareness of learning styles  ∙ a basic introduction in to working with children in a variety of settings ∙ an understanding of roles and responsibilities when working in a setting ∙ an understanding of Equality and Diversity within a childcare setting  ∙ a basic understanding of the stages and sequence of child development ∙ an introduction to observing children and how it supports development ∙ an introduction to the influences that affect holistic development ∙ an introduction to everyday care routines and the types of activities that can support the development of independence ∙ an introduction to supporting children through transition. 


Please see Mrs Clayton in C55 for more information.