Early Childhood Settings and Communities (EDEC1001)


This unit helps students become familiar with the range of early childhood settings available for children from birth to five years and their families within the community. It looks briefly at the history of early childhood education in Australia from the time of settlement to the present day. It examines contemporary approaches to early childhood education, care and family support programs with particular focus on the social and cultural dynamic of the families utilising service types, and the communities in which they function. It looks at the similarities and differences between each type of setting and explores how early childhood programs promote play-based learning in family centered environments, ensuring children's care outcomes are maximised and promoting quality care and educational opportunities for children and families. Students will examine literature relating to the development of early childhood services and quality care and early education and review relevant Federal and State based policies that guide curriculum and practice and overall service operation and quality. Students are required to become familiar with relevant regulations governing early childhood services' governance and operations, particularly national regulatory frameworks and jurisdictional specific operational requirements governing early childhood education and care settings. As part of this unit you are required to become familiar with early childhood settings in the community through a series of site visits. These can include, a Toy Library, a Children's Hospital, the Zoo, Powerhouse Museum, Maritime Museum, Occasional care, Local Library, Baby Health Centre, Playgroups, Gymbaroo, etc

Further unit of study information


1hr lecture/wk, 2hr tutorial/wk


2000wd portfolio (20%) and in-class test (40%) and 2000wd essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.