Childcare is taught in KS4 to all Year 10 and most 11 pupils. The course contributes to the Independent Living Entry Level Pathway with the Welsh Board. The certificate comprises a range of units at either Entry 2 or Entry 3. The following units are studied and assessment is through observation, practical tasks and coursework assignments.
- The Family – looking at different family structures and support which is available from statutory and voluntary agencies.
- Contraception – looks at the different methods of contraception, their strengths, weaknesses and risks.
- Preparation for Pregnancy and Birth – acquiring knowledge and understanding of how to prepare for pregnancy and the development of the growing child.
- Care of a New Baby – provides information on how to care for a newborn baby and the value of postnatal care for both mother and baby.
Some year 10’s follow an AQA course comprising 2 units- Sex, Relationships and Puberty and Introduction to Reproduction. This cohort does not have Childcare in Year 11.