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Unit description

Develops a critical understanding and application of the learning, education and development of children aged birth to two years in the contexts of education and care for infants and toddlers. There is a focus on pedagogical practices for children’s strengths, abilities and interests highlighting the significance of relationships and attachment, care routines and planning cycles for the learning, development of infants and toddlers. Partnerships with families from a range of histories and backgrounds are a focus. Students will undertake professional experience in early childhood settings which cater for children, birth to two years and their families.

Unit content

1. Learning and development in the infant and toddler years, developmental patterns and the competencies and abilities of children, birth up to and including two years (infants and toddlers)

2. Observation and documentation of children’s learning and development

3. Providing quality learning, care and development experiences for infants and toddlers giving consideration to:

  • quality in the environment
  • planning for learning and development
  • care routines and the learning within these routines
  • respecting and planning for infants and toddlers with diverse histories, backgrounds and abilities
  • partnerships with families and stakeholders

4. Contexts of infant and toddler education and care

  • The range of services
  • Structures and regulations
  • Priorities

5. Professional ethics, responsibilities and conduct as an early childhood educator

6. Personal learning

  • Developing and refining a personal philosophy in early childhood education and care for 0–2 years.
  • Critiquing centre philosophical approaches to promote children’s learning and development

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
1Assess the contexts of infant and toddler education and care in terms of their structures, histories, regulations and prioritiesIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
2Identify and evaluate proposals of ‘quality’ for infant and toddler learning, development and careIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
3Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in the professional experience settingIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
4Apply knowledge and understanding of pedagogical practices appropriate for infants and toddlers in the early childhood setting including practical care routines that demonstrate sound links to understanding of theories of children’s learning and child development.Intellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
5Assess and evaluate the use of observation, assessment and documentation in their early childhood professional experience setting and practise the skills of observation, interpretation and documentationIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
6Critically reflect on the philosophies of learning and teaching for infants and toddlers in early childhood settingsIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. Assess the contexts of infant and toddler education and care in terms of their structures, histories, regulations and priorities
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Identify and evaluate proposals of ‘quality’ for infant and toddler learning, development and care
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in the professional experience setting
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Apply knowledge and understanding of pedagogical practices appropriate for infants and toddlers in the early childhood setting including practical care routines that demonstrate sound links to understanding of theories of children’s learning and child development.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Assess and evaluate the use of observation, assessment and documentation in their early childhood professional experience setting and practise the skills of observation, interpretation and documentation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. Critically reflect on the philosophies of learning and teaching for infants and toddlers in early childhood settings
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Sims, M & Hutchins, T, 2013, Program planning for infants and toddlers, 2nd revised edn, Pademelon Press, MT Victoria, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 30 days (1)
Tutorial online 1 hour  (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Philosophical Approach45%
Report55%
Professional placementSR
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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