Early Childhood Studies


​​​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

(Subject being retired)

What is Early Childhood Studies?

Early Childhood Studies focuses on learning about children aged from birth to five years.

Students explore play-based learning activities from two perspectives: they use theories about early childhood learning and devise play-based learning activities responsive to children's needs.

Students examine the interrelatedness of core concepts and ideas of the fundamentals and practices of early childhood learning. They plan, justify and evaluate play-based learning activities responsive to the needs of children as well as evaluating contexts in early childhood learning. This enables students to develop understanding of the multifaceted, diverse and significant nature of early childhood learning.

What makes a student suited to Early Childhood Studies?

Students who achieve success in Early Childhood Studies are those who:

  • are practical, hardworking students
  • have a genuine interest in the early childhood industry
  • demonstrate good communication and group work skills for play based learning activities
  • are patient and enthusiastic when interacting with young children

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?


What is the cost of this subject?

  • Subject levy $50 per year

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • A4 Exercise book
  • BYOD laptop
  • pencil case with: ruler, glue, scisscors

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1

Understanding Identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours:

  • Decision making skills to enhance own and others' health, safety and wellbeing; Heredity vs genetics; Teenage development and PIES – Physical, Intellectual, Emotional & Social aspects of Early Childhood
  • Health nurse – sex education, teen pregnancy, Baby development, Toddler development and PIES
  • Applying design process to produce a homemade toy
  • Sustainability

Summative assessment 1:
• Exam – Who am I?


Summative assessment 2:
• Project – Homemade toy 

 Semester 2

Analysing factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours:

  • Preschool development and PIES
  • Literacy and numeracy skills to be an early childhood teaching.
  • Pre prep development and pies

Decision making skills to enhance their own and others health, safety and wellbeing

Summative assessment 3:

Project – Storybook


Summative assessment 4:
Investigation– Parent's pre-prep transition guide 

Year 11Unit 1
The Fundamentals of Early Childhood:
  • 4 key areas of development (PIES) and their impact on learning
  • Investigate and create activities for children aged 0-5 with a variety of learning abilities
  • Genetics and the environment (nature vs nurture) to determine how young people grow and develop
  • Run activities with children of varying ages

Formative internal assessment 1:
Investigation into childcare industry.  The way a childcare centre works. Excursion to Day Care.

Formative internal assessment 2:
Project. creative folio and activities

Unit 2

Easy as 123 and WHS

  • Literacy development within childcare
  • Safe childhood environments including sun, water, and road and hygiene safety.
  • Physical safety, policies and procedures
  • Plan activities to develop children's understanding of concepts surrounding safety

Formative internal assessment 3:
Project - play based learning activity - Numeracy.

Formative internal assessment 4:
Investigation WHS, hygiene + safety

Year 12Unit 3

PEEK A BOO, LET'S PLAY TOO- Play programs:

  • indoor and outdoor learning environments
  • LOOKS WHO'S TALKING: Literacy and numeracy communication and using imagination to foster capacity to use problem-solving strategies and learn new information. 
  • literacy development in early childhood. 
  • plan and evaluate an activity that supports literacy, which will take place at playgroup.  

Summative internal assessment 1:
Investigation – Observation log book.

Summative internal assessment 2:
PROJECT – Play based Activity

Unit 4
  • government policies, regulations and guidelines to interpret 'Healthy Habits'
  • Evaluation of how and why children's dietary and physical activity needs change with age.
  • how to promote mental health and wellbeing in early childhood. 
  • parent and educators' responsibility to prevent harm and creating safe environments
  • factors that influence behaviour and promote psychological wellbeing. 

Summative internal assessment 3:
Investigation. Nutrition Information Pack

Summative external assessment 4:
PROJECT Simulated Play based activity

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022