Health and Physical Education – Stage 1 Child Studies

Contact Teacher

Susan Hopping


Required Background



SACE Credits/Course Length

10 Credits per Semester (20 weeks).  Students may study both Semester 1 and 2 as the courses cover different content.


Course outline

In Stage 1 Child Studies, students examine the period of childhood from conception to 8 years, and issues related to the growth, health, and well-being of children. They examine diverse attitudes, values, and beliefs about childhood and the care of children, the nature of contemporary families, and the changing roles of children in a contemporary consumer society.

There are three areas of study in Stage 1 Child Studies;  AOS1: The Nature of Childhood and the Socialisation and Development of Children, AOS2: Children in Wider Society, AOS3: Children, Rights, and Safety.


Course content

  1. Practical Activity

Action Plan

For the action plan, students identify and discuss one or more contemporary issues related to child development, and in particular to the health, safety, and well-being of children.

Students undertake tasks within the following.

Research Task

For the research task, students investigate one or more contemporary issues related to child development and linked to the practical application.

Each practical activity consists of:

  • an action plan or a research task
  • a practical application
  • an individual evaluation report.


  1. Group Activity

Students demonstrate their ability to participate effectively in a team to plan and implement a group practical application. They develop and implement management skills in a collaborative context to support the health and well-being of children.

Each group activity consists of:

  • a collaborative action plan and/or a collaborative research task
  • a group practical application
  • an individual evaluation report.


  1. Investigation

Students identify, investigate, and reflect on a contemporary issue related to child development in the community. Examples of types of investigation include fieldwork, observations, case studies, guest speakers, interviews, or survey work.

Students identify and use information from different primary and/or secondary sources, analyse and reflect on the issue, and present their conclusions.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning primarily in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • investigation
  • Reflection



Assessment Type 1: Practical Activity 40%

Assessment Type 2: Group Activity 30%

Assessment Type 3: Investigation 30%