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Can anyone reccommend a book for studying GCSE in child development or a similar subject

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KatyMac Wed 27-Aug-08 18:21:48

My DD (10) wants to study (both her dad & my staff have just completed their NVQ's in Childcare Learning & Development & she wants to 'study' too) some sort of 'child' based course

I thought if I got a GCSE textbook one of my assistants could work through it with her (if she finishes her homework)

So what do I buy?

KatyMac Wed 27-Aug-08 21:17:30


misspollysdolly Wed 27-Aug-08 21:31:19

Am a bit confused, sorry, your DD is 10...and wants to study child development?! hmm No disrespect intended - just seems a bit, umm, forward!

However that said I remember spending hours looking through my Mum's copy of 'Baby and Child care' by Claire Rayner when I was about 10 - I am now a play worker! So hey, why not! (Have recently rediscovered this book at my Mum's and frankly some the advice it gave scares me now!!)

I'm not following a 'course book' would be at all useful really, but a fairly good atndard child development book would be one called 'Your Child's Development from Birth to Adolescence' by Richard Lansdown and Marjorie Walker. A good combination of discussion and information, with tables of areas of development and also some rather lovely photos/pictures to illustrate.

Hope that helps!

KatyMac Wed 27-Aug-08 21:34:52

DH & I childmind plus we have other childminders & assistants (all with childcare qualifications) - I guess she just wants to fit in

She does Birth to Three observations on our babies & helps with planning (by choice)

I just feel if she shows an interest I should encourage

I'll have a look at that book; thanks yu for the suggestion - I think I was thinking of a 'Letts Study Aid' like I used to have in school (usually for science/mathsblush)

juuule Sat 30-Aug-08 18:21:12

Something like this?

CGP Child development revision guide

It is a revision guide so I presume there are text books somewhere.

KatyMac Sat 30-Aug-08 19:43:13

I picked up that from amazon (not arrived yet) Plus this one

She has done an exercise & used a dictionary 3 times grin

juuule Sat 30-Aug-08 19:59:19

Looks good

Great that she's being taken seriously and is able to follow her interests and be well supported.

KatyMac Sat 30-Aug-08 20:15:43

Well <<poncy statement>> as a childcare practitioner I need to listen to the children interests and play opportunities for them which are relevant.

Children learn through play after allhmm

Anna8888 Sat 30-Aug-08 20:29:35

I'm sure that a good childcare manual aimed at new parents would be far, far more stimulating than a textbook.

Miriam Stoppard has done several books for Dorling Kindersley with great illustrations - they might be very appealing and understandable for a 10 year old.

KatyMac Sat 30-Aug-08 20:33:11

Ah - but in the end, DD helped chose the books and paid for them herself.

She is still working through the first exercise - she has written it out twice as her 'writing is to untidy and careless' - which was written on her report once or twicewink

I'll go along with it for the moment - it may fizzle

juuule Sat 30-Aug-08 20:35:26

Katymac -

juuule Sat 30-Aug-08 20:37:04

Sounds like she's having fun and learning at the same time. Excellent combination.

KatyMac Sat 30-Aug-08 20:38:54

If it were trains or fashion or dinosaurs or egyptians no one would be surprised

So my DD is unusual - good for her

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