Child Development

Examination Board OCR Cambridge Technicals


The Cambridge National exam board has been chosen as it provides a strong practical and theoretical basis for students to build on. Students will begin with R057 which focuses on the health and well being of the child. We start with this unit as it underpins both RO58 & RO59 and provides students with key knowledge to build on. Furthermore, by completing the exam unit first it gives opportunities for students to re-sit if needed. 

Summary of the Course

Child Development covers aspects such as early stages development, parental responsibility and decision making. Students develop the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to create the best conditions for a child’s development and well-being. The course combines exam and coursework based units which developed a number of key transferrable skills such as time management, research and resilience. This course offers an engaging curriculum and is an excellent precursor to Health and Social Care at Level 5. 

Course of Study

Unit R057: health and well-being for child development 
In this unit you will learn about the importance of pre-conception health and reproduction, antenatal care and preparation for birth. You’ll also learn about postnatal care and the conditions in which a child can thrive 

Unit R058: create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
In this unit you will learn how to create a safe environment for children from birth to five years in childcare settings. You’ll research and choose equipment that is suitable and safe for use and will learn about children’s nutrition and dietary needs 

Unit R059: understand the development of a child from one to five years
In this unit you will learn the physical, intellectual and social developmental norms for children from one to five years. You’ll understand the importance of creating plans and providing different play activities to support children in their development.


R057: exam - 1 hour 15 minutes
R058: portfolio (coursework) – 12-14 hours
R059: portfolio (coursework) – 12-14 hours

Careers & Progression

The child development course can lead to further study at post-16 in health and social care. This can lead to degrees in psychology, sociology, linguistics, health, anthropology, history and education. It will facilitate many job roles working with children or in care professions including nursery supervisor, pre-school leader, special educational needs support worker, nursing and teaching.