5N1764 Child Development

This module is a mandatory module of the Early Care and Education Practice major award and may also be used as an elective of the healthcare support certificate. The child development module familiarises the learner with the theory and practice of child development and learning within early childhood care and education settings (ECCE).

Learning Outcomes

• Explain the holistic development of the child to include physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional, moral, spiritual, creative and cultural development

• Describe a range of theories of child development and learning to include Piaget, Chomsky, Erikson, Bowlby, Ainsworth, Pavlov, Skinner

• Describe the influence of family, social, cultural and environmental factors on child development and learning

• Identify the benefits of play to the child’s holistic development and learning mindful of diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity

• Describe the contribution of the practitioner/parent/guardian to the development and learning of children in the home and in the ECCE setting

• Apply theoretical principles of child development in the ECCE setting

• Document children’s developmental progress against normative milestones of development

• Carry out observations in support of programme planning for individual children and groups

• Recommend suitable play activities to promote holistic development and learning

• Evaluate own role and practice in supporting the development and learning of the child.


• Assignment 30%
• Portfolio / Collection of Work 40%
• Examination – Theory 30%


Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is an elective requirement.