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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

School/College

School of Education

Unit aim

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
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. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline 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. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline 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 Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline 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 Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 demonstrate an understanding of professional skills to support children's pro-social development and competencies. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline 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 Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
7 critically reflect on their own and colleagues' professional skills and approaches towards early childhood education. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication 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.