Early Years (Ey)
Exam Board and Specification: OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate - J818

To encourage an understanding of the overall needs of young children and the social and environmental influences which affect their development in a contemporary, changing and multi-cultural society.
To encourage the understanding of the wide range of factors which affect the decision to have children, and the responsibilities of parenthood.

The course consists of three units. The first unit underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in Health, Biology and other
Child Development qualifications. Students will also gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. Therefore, it is essential that you have access to a child or children who are at present aged between 0 and 5 years old.

You will be assessed on all three units. There is an examination at the end of the course; this accounts for 50% of the total of the marks. You will also be required to submit two coursework tasks which account for the remaining 50% of the marks.

You will be expected to complete homework which is set each week on topics covered previously in lesson time or on work related to coursework. The use of ICT is encouraged at all times but in particular with the presentation of coursework.

For further information contact: Mrs K Wicken