Child Development


Team Members

Ms L Davidson – Head of Child Development and Teacher of Science

Dr L Downie - Teacher of Child Development, Teacher of Science, Head of Year 10

Mission Statement

Childhood and the early years are an important part of the human life cycle. Looking after children and their complex needs requires a holistic approach as students use their skills to understand the health, care and nutritional requirements of children and the adults that look after them. From looking at how babies develop in the womb to how children grow and learn through play, students at Woking High School gain practical experience such as making bottles of formula and analysing baby equipment for its safety features and uses.

Why does Child Development Matter?

Working with children is a rewarding career across many different industries in the UK. The need to invest in our children in society is important for maximising their well-being and chances of success in life. These professions are all often described as the caring profession. 

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 free hours of childcare per year. It's usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. This has led to an increase in the number of nursery nurses working in the childcare industry, all of whom need to obtain qualifications in childcare to understand how to care for and safeguard children and meet the developmental needs of young children.

Midwives, health visitors and paediatric nurses and doctors work in the healthcare industry. Paediatric care is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. Midwives and Health Visitors also care for parents and families of young children.  

Child, Family, and School Social Workers. offer assistance to children and youths as well as to their parents and guardians. They work with families where there has been abuse, or where there is serious mental or physical illness.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom.

It is a moral obligation to care for our children in society. Since the foundation of an individual’s health and well-being is laid in early childhood, it is the best time to break the cycle of poverty, or prevent it from beginning.

Aims and objectives

To develop knowledge and understanding of health and well-being for child development.

  •  To understand reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of antenatal care and preparation for birth.
  • To be able to describe the postnatal checks on a baby, postnatal provision and ideal conditions for healthy development.
  • To be able to recognise childhood illnesses and understand how to manage and prevent them.
  • To know how to ensure the safety of children in the home and ways of educating young children about stranger danger, online safety and crossing the road.
  • To understand how to meet the nutritional needs of children.
  • To explore a range of children's toys, games and activities to gain an understanding of how children learn through play. 

Celebration of Success

2019 GCSE Results

In GCSE Child Development 68% students achieved 9-4 equivalent in the new Cambridge National qualification.

Range of opportunities

In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to devise their own Child Study and observe a child under 5 years to assess how the child is learning and developing in line with developmental norms and milestones for their age.

Students undertake practical activities such as making a bottle of formula and understanding how to bath and change a baby.

Visiting speakers come into the school to speak to the students, for example midwives and NCT antenatal teachers. This gives students the opportunity to ask questions of other professionals that work with children and families.

Study Support: Students are invited to attend drop-in study support sessions after school on a Wednesday for additional help with their Child Development studies, homework and revision.


Child Development is taught in both classrooms and ICT suites so that theory work, practical work and coursework lessons can all be catered for. 




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Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

Tel: 01483 888 447

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