Child Studies

Child Studies is part of the PDHPE Key Learning Area. Child Studies has been designed for those students who have an interest in the areas of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and child development up to 6 years of age. It is also designed for those students who are interested in pursuing Child Care as a career choice. The course is a useful stepping stone for those students who are interested in Year 11 and 12 subject Exploring Early Childhood (EEC) and Community and Family Studies (CAFS).

Contact: Mrs K Tolfree:


Quotes from students:

"During Year 10 Child Studies I have learnt a lot of things about child development and the many careers you can have in childcare. It teaches us a variety of content ranging from pregnancy and childbirth and how to raise your child in a safe and caring environment. There are opportunities for excursions to further extend learning and engage with children at childcare centres and schools."

"I have loved this elective and I can see I will use the knowledge I have gained for the rest of my life."

More about this subject from the Elective Handbook


  • Health and safety in childhood
  • Growth and development
  • Newborn care
  • Family interactions
  • Conception to birth
  • Preparing for parenting
  • Play and the developing child
  • Food and nutrition in childhood
  • Children and their culture
  • Aboriginal cultures and childhood
  • The diverse needs of children – positive parenting
  • Childcare services and career opportunities

There are a variety of practical activities that are also offered as incursions and excursions, (depending on community availability) these include:

  • Library visits for child book reading
  • Playgroup visits
  • Excursions to practise purchasing prams, cots, car seats, etc.
  • Baby clinics
  • Child care centres
  • Child health care centres
  • Hospital visits

There is also a wide variety of practical skills for development including:

Caring for a newborn till 6 year old e.g. Nappy changing, burping, settling, feeding, sleeping, when and what solids to feed, ante natal care, child play, illness signs and symptoms and how to care for a sick child, choosing correct and safe baby equipment (e.g. cot, prams etc.), making books and child games.


Students will be assessed in each unit of work via a variety of assessment strategies including:

  • Class examinations
  • Practical assessment tasks e.g. changing a nappy, clothing a baby, setting up a pram
  • Designing a book suitable for a particular age
  • Designing craft activities for a particular age
  • Research
  • Reports

A formal assessment outline will be provided at the beginning of the course.

(Credit: Music used in the video is Sister Sledge - "We are family")