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Child Development

Child Development is a subject that provides you with the essential skills and understanding of how children grow and develop. You will be able to develop significant transferrable knowledge and study skills that will support your progression to further learning. That is why understanding the need to invest in very young children is so important, to maximise their future well-being. In Child Development, we explore the key characteristics of early childhood growth and development from birth to five years across the developmental areas. You will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and technical skills by planning, developing, and adapting play opportunities suitable for young children across the five areas of development as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. Our knowledge-rich curriculum will support your understanding of the developmental norms of children from birth to five years, as well as the stages and benefits of play. Our teaching and learning will ensure you gain a real insight into all the challenges, excitement, considerations, and responsibility surrounding children’s development and the number of agencies and people involved in caring for that development. This course aims to challenge you to investigate the equipment needed for babies, toddlers, and preschool children up to five. The Child Development course encourages multiple approaches to learning, such as practical opportunities and real-life scenarios, which will support you to develop your applied knowledge and practical skills. It was Maria Montessori that said: “Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society”, and by studying Child Development, you at The Hazeley Academy will be passionate about the early education of children. Our curriculum supports the academy’s vision and ethos ‘developing Character, Confidence and Creativity in our young people and each other so that we can gain fulfilment by playing a positive role in our community’. With links to the local primary schools, including Priory Rise, you can work with younger children to apply your skills and knowledge in a real life situation, whilst contributing to our local community. You are the future leaders of children’s early education, going on to leading others into learning. Every child is special and unique, and you will understand this from studying Child Development.