This subject gives 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 the various dimensions of health have 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 course will also provide very practical knowledge and skills for future parenting as well as providing a foundational understanding of the development of the child.
What Stage 6 Courses Is This Subject Helpful For?
This subject will help develop foundational knowledge and skills related to child development and family dynamics. This may assist students in studying Community and Family Studies at a Stage 6 level. This course may also be helpful for students interested in pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education.