Child Studies (Stage 5)
Our society acknowledges childhood as a unique and intense period for growth, development and learning. When members of society are provided with knowledge about child development they will then be able to support and encourage this development when interacting with children.
The Child Studies course aims to achieve this by giving 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.
Students have the opportunity to participate in hands on activities by preparing foods suitable for children and the creation of toys for different age groups.
Students participate in an 11 day Egg Parenting Task where they experience some of the responsibilities that are involved not only in the care of human “babies”, but also parenting itself.