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This course is designed for those students who just love working with children. Perhaps you know some little children you enjoy spending time with or have started to think about baby-sitting. If so, then this is the course for you. In this elective, students will have the opportunity to learn about the development of children from infancy to early childhood (up to five years of age). The focus is on developing effective skills to interact with children. Topics covered include the importance of play, childhood safety and babysitting. There is an emphasis on the domains of development and students explore these by making various activities that promote development. This course aims to raise students’ awareness of child development in preparation for personal development in parenting, life skills and future career pathways. The opportunity is available for students to continue in the Children, Family and the Community General course and in the ATAR course in Years 11 and 12. Assessments Students will be assessed on both written tasks and practical work. Practical Assessments will include:
- Busy Books
- Baby Sitting Bags
- Eye Spy Bottles
- Cake decorating
- Jig saws
The frequency of this subject is TWO periods per week.
- A year long course, undertaken for two periods per week
In year 10, Child Development, my favourite part of the course was the practical assignments especially the busy book! I liked it because it allowed myself to be very creative and there was also endless options of the different pages and themes we could make. Following the busy book, the finger puppets were another fun quick task. By the end of the year, I had improved and learned so much more about hand sewing which I loved as I still use them now. When it came to the theory, I thought it was very interesting learning about children’s cognitive and physical development as well as the different stages and I personally used to love filling out the booklets as they were straight forward and easy to understand. To my surprise I found the theory workbook work we did in year 10 helped me prepare for CFC ATAR in year 11 as it is that same format of writing with lots of headings and subheadings but of course we expand a lot more in year 11. I also really enjoyed the balance of theory and practical work we did and thought Child Development as a subject to relax and have fun while still expanding my learning. Isabella – Year 11, 2024