Child Development and Health National Unit SCQF Level 5

Designed to introduce you to the key principles of child development.


Why take this course?

This is a mandatory Unit in the National 5 level Early Education and Childcare course, but is also suitable for anyone wishing to study the Unit on its own. It has been designed to introduce you to the principles of child development from 0–16 years. You will learn what is meant by sequences and patterns in child development and the inter-relationship between all aspects of that development. You will also learn about the health needs of children and how health factors may affect the development of children. 

What you will experience

The Unit is suitable for anyone who may be considering employment in the early education and childcare sector working under supervision and will also provide progression for candidates who have completed the National 4 Early Education and Childcare course or any of its units. Outcomes covered are:

  • Explain the principles of child development from birth to 16 years
  • Investigate the ways in which the health needs of children from birth to 16 years can be met by adults
  • Investigate health factors that may affect child development from birth to 16 years
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Entry requirements

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, candidates would normally be expected to have achieved:

  • National 4 level Care course (or its units)
  • National 4 level Early Education and Childcare course (or its units)

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At North East Scotland College

Upon completion of this unit, candidates may wish to complete one of the other 3 mandatory components which make up the National 5 Early Education and Childcare course. The units are:

  1. Play in Early Education and Childcare
  2. Working in Early Education
  3. Childcare and Parenting



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