Early Childhood Studies


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

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4


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
  • are available to train under industry expectation outside of normal school hours
  • have a genuine interest in the early childhood industry
  • demonstrate good communication and group work skills for play based learning activities

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


What is the cost of this subject?

  • $100 per year

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • A4 Exercise book

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

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1This semester involves analysis of factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours.
- Decision making skills to enhance their own and others health, safety and wellbeing, Heredity vs genetics, Teenage development and pies, Health nurse – sex education, teen pregnancy, Baby development, Toddler development and PIES
- Design process and applying design process to produce a homemade toy
- Learning about sustainability
Summative internal assessment 1:
• Exam – Who am I
Summative internal assessment 2:
• Project – Homemade toy
 Semester 2This semester involves analysis of 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 internal assessment 3:
Project - Storybook
Summative internal assessment 4:
• Investigation – Parent's pre-prep transition guide
Year 11Unit 1This unit will focus on building students' knowledge and understanding of 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
· make links between Genetics and the environment (nature vs nurture) to determine how young people grow and develop
· confidently running 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. Play based activity.
Unit 2ABC 123: This unit focuses on literacy and numeracy and how important it is for children to develop these skills in early childhood.
· literacy development within childcare
Being in a safe place: The unit focus is on safety in the childhood environment and includes sun, water, and road and hygiene safety.
· physical safety, policies and procedures to ensure child safety
· activities to develop children's understanding of concepts surrounding safety
Formative internal assessment 1:
Investigation into childcare industry.  The way a childcare centre works. Excursion to Day Care.
Formative internal assessment 2:
Project. Play based activity.
Year 12Unit 3PEEK A BOO, LET'S PLAY TOO: A rich and varied environment supports children's learning and development.
· importance of indoor and outdoor learning environments and how to support children's learning and development through observing play in different environments.
LOOKS WHO'S TALKING: Literacy and numeracy skills give children a way to communicate, expand and express their imagination, foster their capacity to use problem-solving strategies and learn new information. 
· build students' knowledge of literacy development in early childhood. 
· Students will plan and evaluate an activity that supports literacy, which will take place at playgroup. 
Summative internal assessment:
Investigation – Observation log book.
Summative internal assessment:
PROJECT – Play based Activity
Unit 4FOOD AND NUTRITION: Good nutrition and physical activity underpins a child's holistic development.
· government policies, regulations and guidelines to interpret 'Healthy Habits' by investigating children's dietary and physical activity needs.
· Evaluation of how and why children's dietary and physical activity needs change with age.
IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT: Good mental health in early childhood lays the foundations for positive mental health and wellbeing throughout life. 
· 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:
Investigation. Nutrition Information Pack
Summative external assessment:
PROJECT Simulated Play based activity

Last reviewed 03 September 2019
Last updated 03 September 2019