OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Builds knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues facing children, families and communities, fostering attitudes of compassion and engagement in ECEC. This unit is concerned with the complexity, diversity and changing nature of contemporary childhood and families within the community. The influence of historical, social, political, economic and socio-economic factors will be considered as an influence upon children’s everyday lives.

Unit content

Module One: Children and Families

  • The Australian context
  • Establishing relationships with children
  • Supporting wellbeing: Social and emotional learning
  • Connecting with families: Collaborative partnerships
  • Linking policies to practices

Module Two: Communities

  • The Australian context
  • Community collaborations
  • Cultural competency
  • Identifying fragile contexts
  • Linking policies to practices

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 2

  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2009, Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework, 1st edn, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
  • Grace, R, Hodge, K & McMahon, C, 2017, Children, families and communities, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780190304461.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)

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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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