Early Learning with Infants and Toddlers (EDEC3002)


This unit offers a critical overview of current theory and practice in the study of child development during the first two years of life. 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 teachers 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 preservice 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.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


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


1500wd Group work presentation (30%) ; 2500wd essay (40%) and 2000wd exam (30%)


White, F., Hayes, B. & Livesey, D. (2015). Developmental Psychology: From Infancy to Adulthood. Sydney: Pearson Education.
Sims, M. & Hutchins, T. (2013). Program planning for infants and toddlers: In search of relationships (2nd ed.). Castle Hill: Pademelon Press.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


90 credit points including EDEC2002

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.