Your complete guide to studying Childhood Studies

Everything you need to know about studying Childhood Studies

part of Social Sciences

Childhood Studies, one of the most vibrant academic fields today, explores the way children learn and develop. As a student in this discipline, you will understand the key role children and youth play in society and learn how to build policies for them.

During a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Childhood Studies, you can expect to take classes on psychology, sociology and social policy, law, education, anthropology and history. You will study topics such as children’s rights, mental and physical health, the role of playing in children’s development, how they form their identity, etc.

You will explore how economic, social, and political factors impact children's lives and welfare, and own the skills to build policies that aid them. You will come to recognise the impact that families, schools, daycare, and society, in general, have on children and their development.

As a Childhood Studies graduate you will have access to a wide range of careers in areas such as teaching, social work, family law, and community work. Graduates often work in public sectors or NGOs that create policies and safeguard children’s wellbeing.

Specific jobs include education consultant, family support worker, learning mentor, play therapist, schoolteacher, youth worker, nurse, etc. With a Childhood Studies degree, you may also pursue career paths in areas such as child psychotherapy, educational psychology, speech, and language therapy, etc.

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