Child Studies

Child Studies

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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.