This subject give students an overview of development and related issues within an early childhood context. It provides the opportunity to consider a range of issues in relation to the individual student, their family and the community. As well as, reflecting on the personal relevance of childhood issues, students are encouraged to consider the implications for future interactions with children; be these as a parent, friend, carer or educator.
As a society we have a responsibility to provide a safe, nurturing and challenging environment for children in their early years, as this is crucial to optimal growth and development.
Child Studies explores the broad range of social, environmental, genetic and cultural factors that influence prenatal development and a child's sense of wellbeing and belonging between 0 and 8 years of age.
In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore the impact if the various dimensions of health on their development in the early years.
Child Studies will study family preparation, newborn care and the influence and impact of nutrition, play technology, and the media on child development.
Why Would I Pick This Subject?
This subject is designed for people who:
a) Enjoy spending time with young children
b) Wish to pursue a career in Early Childhood/Primary School or PDHPE teachers
c) Wish to be an au pair and travel the world supporting families and their children's needs
What Stage 6 Courses Is This Subject Helpful For?
This subject is not a prerequisite for any Stage 6 subjects.
However, some of the content is relevant to the following Stage 6 subjects:
b) Community and Family Studies (CAFS)
c) Exploring Early Childhood
d) Sport and Leisure and Recreation