Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Course Content
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 1 – Defining Childhood
Definitions of childhood have changed during the course of history and the Course begins with a historical approach to childhood and also contrast modern day definitions of childhood with earlier definitions. Children do not develop in a vacuum and we consider the consequences of historical and legislative reform and the impact this has had upon changing definitions of childhood.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 2 – Pregnancy and Family Life
In this section of the Course we examine the way that pregnancy develops and consider the development and progress of the foetus and the way this changes as the months progress and delivery happens. We consider how the mother supports life during pregnancy and also examine what happens during the process of birth and the impact this has upon the mother and child.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 3 – The developing baby
Tests are carried out on the baby during the pre and post birth period and we examine the nature of these tests and why they are carried out. Testing continues throughout childhood and we examine the pro’s and con’s of testing and critically assess the idea of ‘normative childhood’.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 4 – Theoretical approaches to the study of childhood
There are many theories of childhood that try to explain how children develop and we compare several theories and consider why disciplines such as Psychology and Sociology are useful in helping us understand the developing child. We consider the way theory is used by several disciplines and settings to help them better understand the development of children in everyday life and indeed applied settings such as education.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 5 – Emotional Development
Many theorists such as Sigmund Freud believe that emotional development is the most important aspect of the early childhood but other theorists do not share this view. We do know that health and well-being can be affected by the kind of environments that we mix in and the demands made upon us by others. Health can also be impacted by our emotional state and in this topic we examine issues such as parenting, environmental demands, issues related to social class and lifestyle choices that can impact upon the development of children.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 6 – Day Care
In the previous module we examined how Freud thought that the influence of early development was the most important. Throughout history parents have had to work to provide for their children and indeed in modern times work is more likely to be carried out outside of the home. In this module we develop the ideas of Freud and consider the different types of day care and the impact that day care can have upon the developing child. We examine how day care is influenced by budgetary restraints and the impact this has upon children and families. Standards of care differ because of barriers such as language, culture and social-economic status and we consider how access to care can be impeded because of these factors.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 7 – The Developing Self
We examine how the child develops as s/he progresses through childhood and discovers that they are separate beings from their parents. We consider the influence of different family types upon developing and also the influence of siblings. How does the child distinguish the ‘self’ from others and discover personal boundaries?
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 8 – The Social Construction of Childhood
Childhood does not occur in a social vacuum and we examine the influence of different family types and indeed parenting patterns upon the developing child. We examine whether childhood is an artefact of research and whether children are just mini adults. The influence of the different psychological and sociological approaches to the study of children are considered.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 9 – The Development of Play
We consider the idea of play being ‘a child’s work’ and consider what a child is gaining (if anything) from play. Is play developing the skills necessary to develop cognition and if so what types of play and indeed toys should be encouraged? We consider theories of play and how they impact upon the development of skills in children.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 10 – Development in Adolescence
Adolescence is said to be a period of ‘storm and stress’ and we examine this theory by looking at the hormonal changes associated with adolescence and whether there is a basis for defining adolescence as a separate stage of development. We consider the social pressures upon adolescence and indeed consider family life at this particular stage of development. How can care workers support families at this particular time to ensure that the demands of this stage of transition are met.
Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma Module 11 – Developmental Problems
This module examines so called ‘normal development’ and looks at statistical data that is produced by public health and social bodies that define how children are constructed in everyday life. We examine issues that are said to be outside ‘normal boundaries’ and the type of solutions that can be provided for children who do not meet normal developmental guidelines. We consider ‘normative’ measurements of health and well-being and how these can be useful indicators of health and well-being but may also be considered problematic if expectations are not met. The impact of different family types is also considered.
This Accredited Level 3 Child Development Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.