CNAT Child Development


The Cambridge National in Child Development will encourage students to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Child Development to include health and well-being, creating a safe environment, the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years, and the development of children from one to five years.
  • Develop learning and practical skills that can be applied to real-life contexts and work situations.
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • Develop independence and confidence in using skills that would be relevant to the childcare sector.

How is the course assessed?

The course consists of three mandatory units. Two of which are non-examined units (coursework) which account for 60% of the course. These units are assessed by the classroom teacher and submitted to the exam board for moderation. The remaining unit is an examined assessment consisting of one exam paper lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. This is completed as a terminal assessment at the end of the course in the summer series.


R057 Health and well-being for child development (Examined unit 40% of course).

Topics include:

  • Preconception, health & reproduction
  • Antenatal care & preparation for birth
  • Postnatal checks, postnatal care & the conditions for development
  • Childhood illnesses and a child safe environment

R058 Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years (Coursework unit 30%).

Topics include:

  • Creating a safe environment in a childcare setting
  • Choosing suitable equipment for a childcare setting
  • Nutritional needs of children from birth to five years

R059 Understand the development of a child from one to five years (Coursework unit 30%).

Topics include:

  • Physical, intellectual and social development norms from one to five years
  • Stages and types of play & how play benefits development
  • Observe the development of a child aged one to five years
  • Plan & evaluate play activities for a child aged one to five years for a chosen area of development


Level 1/2 Cambridge National in Child Development (J809) Second edition ISBN9781398351202 Miranda Walker.

My revision notes: Level1/2 Cambridge National in Child Development: Second edition (J809) ISBN9781398351196 Hodder.

Homework and learning outside of the classroom

Students will largely complete all coursework tasks during class time under supervised conditions. 


Where students have missed lessons or have gaps in their learning, homework may need to be set.


Classroom based learning (in preparation for coursework tasks) will be consolidated with the use of homework activities.


Revision tasks and activities for the examined unit will also be regularly set as homework.


Expect 30 to 60 minutes (duration) per week.

KS5 Health and Social Care

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West Yorkshire LS17 7AG
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