Stage 2

Child Studies

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have good literacy skills due to the reading, writing and analysing requirements of the course.​



Focus Capabilities

Personal Development, Citizenship, Learning.

Related Subject
Subject Description

The Stage 2 subject focuses on children’s growth and development from conception to eight years inclusive. Students examine attitudes and values about parenting and care-giving and gain an understanding of the growth and development of children. Through the study of
Stage 2 Child Studies students develop a variety of research, management and practical skills.
Students study topics within one or more of the following five areas of study:

  • Contemporary and Future Issues of understanding diet and lifestyle effects.

  • Economic and Environmental Influences of community support for children and their families.

  • Political and Legal Influences of providing support for children with a variety of needs.

  • Socio-cultural Influences of parent support on children’s education.

  • Technological Influences on parenting styles.​

Course Fees


Additional Costs

​Possible excursions.​

Assessment Type 1:

Practical Activities: Designing and making suitable developmental aids for children connected to prior research and planning​.

Assessment Type 2:

Group Activity: Working as a group to plan, prepare and host events aimed towards promoting healthy eating in children including visits to local pre-schools​.

Assessment Type 3:

Investigation: Conducting research into contemporary issues that could affect parents, caregivers or children​.

Assessment Type 4:


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