Child Studies aims to develop in students the knowledge, understanding and skills to positively influence the wellbeing and development of children in the critical early years in a range of settings and contexts.
The Child Studies CEC Years 7–10 course includes Life Skills outcomes and content for students with disability.
The syllabus includes a range of modules that provide flexibility for schools to design and deliver a course in Child Studies that meets the needs and interests of their students. Modules should be between 15 and 30 hours’ duration. The syllabus modules are:
- Preparing for parenthood
- Conception to birth
- Family interactions
- Newborn care
- Growth and development
- Play and the developing child
- Health and safety in childhood
- Food and nutrition in childhood
- Children and culture
- Media and technology in childhood
- Aboriginal cultures and childhood
- The diverse needs of children
- Childcare services and career opportunities
Throughout the course, students will develop skills that enhance their ability to:
- support a child’s development from pre-conception through to and including the early years
- positively influence the growth, development and wellbeing of children
- consider the external factors that support the growth, development and wellbeing of children
- research, communicate and evaluate issues related to child development.