This is the second of four Professional Experience units in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) . This unit focuses on the education and care of infants and toddlers and includes a 20 day professional experience placement (plus one day lead up visit) undertaken in a dedicated classroom with children birth-2 years of age. The unit aims to build students' knowledge and skills in observing and documenting the development of infants and toddlers across all developmental domains, and preparing quality learning experiences and curriculum designed to meet caregiving and learning outcomes for infants and toddlers, in partnership with their families. Sensitivity to children's and families' unique cultural, linguistic, community and social characteristics will be considered and students will be expected to incorporate an understanding of these into their work with this age group. As students will have completed units on Play, as well as most curriculum units (e.g. Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Creative Arts) they will be expected to demonstrate how the learning of infants and toddlers can be enhanced through play-based experiences in these areas. During this placement students also shadow the centre director for one day, for the completion of EDEC3004 Management and Administration in Early Childhood requirements.
1x1-hr lecture/wk for 11 wks, 1x2-hr tutorial/wk for 11 wks, 1-day lead-up visits, 15-day professional experience
1000wd equivalent resource folder (pass/fail), satisfactory professional practice (pass/fail), satisfactory 3000wd (equivalent) teaching portfolio (pass/fail), attendance (pass/fail).
Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E. Dockett, S. and Farmer, S. (2015). Programming and planning in early childhood settings. (6th ed.). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning. MacNaughton, G., and Williams, G. (2009). Techniques for teaching young children: Choices in theory and practice (3rd ed.). Melbourne: Addison Wesley Longman Sims, M. and Hutchins, T. (2015). Program Planning for infants and toddlers: In search of relationships (2nd ed.). Australia: Pademelon Press
120 credit points including EDEC3001 and EDEC3002 and EDEC3003Co-requisites
EDEC3004 and EDEC3005