OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Focuses on students' understanding developmental patterns, interests and abilities of preschool children (two to five years), the contexts of education and care, the implementation of care routines and planning cycles for the learning, development and care of preschoolers, in the context of their families. Students will undertake professional experience in early childhood settings catering for children two to five years and their families.

Unit content

1. Practical perspectives of pedagogy: the notion of quality
2. Relationships with children and families
3. Principles and practices for documenting learning and development
4. Documentation to support program planning
5. Teaching strategies to support learning and children's safety
6. Teaching strategies to support pro-social competencies
7. Health and safety for children and staff
8. Reflecting on practice
9. Roles and responsibilities for early childhood professionals
10. Bringing it all together for professional experiences.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Updated edition of text: Arthur, L, Beecher, B, Death, E, Dockett, S & Farmer, S , 2017, Programming and planning in early childhood settings, 7th edn, Cengage learning, Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780170386326.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 20 days (1)
Workshop on-site 1 day (once)
Tutorial online 1 Hour (10 weeks)
Practical skills50%
Professional Experience SR

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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