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Not for ourselves alone

Curriculum 2021

Child Studies


Subject Name Child Studies
Year Level 12
Subject Length Full Year
Subject Type Optional
Prerequisite Subjects Successful completion of any Year 11 Home Economics subject is recommended
Staff Contact Matthew Honner


This subject provides the opportunity to focus on children and their development from conception to 8 years. Students develop knowledge and understanding of young children through the exploration of concepts such as:

  • The development, needs and rights of children
  • The value of play, and concepts of childhood and families
  • The roles of parents and care-givers

They also consider the importance of behaviour management, child nutrition, and the health and well-being of children.

Students investigate contemporary issues that are relevant to children and their development. They consider broad themes such as children who are migrants or refugees, displacement, health issues for children in Indigenous communities, access to education, the exploitation of children, literacy and numeracy, disability and equity, child protection, gender stereotyping in play, clothing, textiles and merchandising, and children’s television.


Group Activity  20% 

  • Child’s Party: 500-word Action Plan, Practical, 500-word Evaluation
    Students identify issues related to hosting a Child’s Party, invite guests, and facilitate the party before completing an evaluation based on personal performance and suggesting possible improvements  

Practical Activity  50%

  • Healthy Lunch Box: 500-word Action Plan, Practical, 500-word Evaluation
  • Story Book: 500-word Research, Practical
  • Child's Toy: 500-word Action Plan, Practical, 500-word Evaluation
  • Meal for a Pregnant Mother: 500-word Action Plan, Practical, 500-word Evaluation
  • Children’s Meal: 500-word Research, Practical, 500-word Evaluation

External Investigation  30%

  • Students identify a relevant contemporary issue related to Child Development, and present as a written report of 2000 words

Additional Information

There are no additional costs associated with this course unless a student chooses to complete a dish or garment beyond allowable costing.