Curriculum Development and Models in EC (EDMT6503)


This unit is designed to enable students to develop understandings about the development of curriculum when working with infants, toddlers, young children and their families. Curriculum in early childhood is developed following observation and assessment of the strengths and interests of children, and in consultation with families reflecting educators' personal and philosophical values, centres' philosophies and the specific characteristics of the community contexts within which centres operate. The design and development of flexible, effective programs and planning systems is fundamental to the creation of quality early childhood environments. The establishment and maintenance of collaborative relationships with staff, families and children are some of the greatest challenges facing the early childhood profession, and educators require the ability to critique service contexts to address the needs and values of stakeholders. This unit will provide students with opportunities to investigate a variety of curriculum models and planning processes. These are required to effectively develop curriculum which includes documenting children's learning, understanding the phases of effective planning in high quality EC settings, and critically examining the current research, and community and early childhood attitudes towards practices concerning early childhood curriculum.

Further unit of study information


1x2-hr seminar/wk for 9 wks


oral presentation and 500wd report (15%) and 1500wd critical analysis (35%) and 2000wd essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


24 credit points of units

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.