Early Learning with Infants and Toddlers (EDEC3002)


Infants and toddlers begin exploring their environment and making sense of their world from birth, constantly developing new skills over their first two years of life as they move from dependence to independence during that time. Early childhood educators have a responsibility to ensure that the development of infants and toddlers takes place in a safe, secure and supported environment where they can become knowledgeable and confident, autonomous learners, able to interact purposefully and respectfully with others according to their age and stage of maturity. This unit supports pre-service early childhood teachers' understanding of the unique developmental characteristics of infants from birth. It views infants and toddlers as capable and resourceful, pre-disposed to form relationships and ready and enthusiastic to learn. The unit focuses specifically on the developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers and the caregiving strategies necessary to the promotion of their health, wellbeing, cognitive and social engagement in a safe and healthy, culturally respectful, play-based early childhood care and education environment. It recognises the importance of establishing trusting relationships and on-going communication between educators and families, who have the most powerful influence on children's learning and development.

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Further unit of study information


1x1-hr tutorial/wk, 1x2-hr workshop/wk, for 12 weeks


1500wd critical reflection (30%) and 2000wd observation-based planning task (40%) and 1500wd policy review (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


72 credit points

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