Early Childhood Settings and Communities (EDEC1001)


This unit introduces students to the early childhood teaching profession in contemporary Australia. Students will explore the historical and socio-political influences that have shaped the development and provision of early childhood education in Australia, and critically examine the theoretical approaches to young children's learning and development that inform curriculum development in early childhood settings today. In addition to developing a foundational understanding of their role as a teacher of children aged birth to five years, students will explore how this role extends beyond the classroom, requiring the development of authentic, supportive partnerships with families and collaborations with community services that target the health and wellbeing of families with young children. Students will also be introduced to Australia's National Quality Framework, to which all early childhood teachers are accountable.

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1hr lecture/wk, 2hr tutorial/wk, for 12 weeks


2000wd report (30%) and in-class test (40%) and 2000wd essay (30%)

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