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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1analyse the contexts of preschool education and care in terms of their management, funding, staff roles and responsibilities, as it applies in the regulatory environment.Ethical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2evaluate, implement and reflect on the notion of 'quality' for early childhood education and care in relation to; relationships with children, families and the wider community; diversity; educational programs including the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and educational learning models used in early childhood programs; the National Quality Standard (ACECQA, 2018); and early childhood philosophy, policies and procedures as linked to the regulatory framework.Ethical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in the professional experience setting with commitment to and engagement with the unit content and associated activitiesEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate the ability to develop and implement an appropriate early childhood educational program for children aged 2-5 years through assessment of children's learning and developmentEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5demonstrate an understanding of professional skills to support children's pro-social development and competencies.Ethical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6demonstrate appropriate care routines for young children including health and safety for children and workplace health and safety for staffEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
7critically reflect on their own and colleagues' professional skills and approaches towards early childhood education.Ethical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse the contexts of preschool education and care in terms of their management, funding, staff roles and responsibilities, as it applies in the regulatory environment.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. evaluate, implement and reflect on the notion of 'quality' for early childhood education and care in relation to; relationships with children, families and the wider community; diversity; educational programs including the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and educational learning models used in early childhood programs; the National Quality Standard (ACECQA, 2018); and early childhood philosophy, policies and procedures as linked to the regulatory framework.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in the professional experience setting with commitment to and engagement with the unit content and associated activities
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate the ability to develop and implement an appropriate early childhood educational program for children aged 2-5 years through assessment of children's learning and development
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate an understanding of professional skills to support children's pro-social development and competencies.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. demonstrate appropriate care routines for young children including health and safety for children and workplace health and safety for staff
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. critically reflect on their own and colleagues' professional skills and approaches towards early childhood education.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • 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)
Assessment
Practical skills50%
Portfolio20%
Professional Experience SR
Workbook30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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