This unit is the first of three professional experience units that provides opportunities for students to gain teaching experience in early childhood education settings. It enables students to apply the theories and strategies around early childhood development and teaching covered in other units of study in a practical context. This first Professional Experience placement involves observation of practices and routines of the setting and written observations of young children as they go about their daily activities. Students will also prepare and present learning experiences with individuals and small groups based on children's discerned strengths, interests and engagement with learning as evidenced through these observations. Students will be expected to implement play-based experiences and age appropriate teaching strategies drawn from contemporary curriculum models aimed at strengthening individual, as well as group learning, fostering creativity, healthy self-concepts, wellness, and a regard for others. This professional experience will enable students to gain an understanding of the world of early childhood education which will form the foundation for their subsequent professional experiences.This unit incorporates 20 days of supervised professional experience with children aged 3 to 5 years.
1x3-hr workshop for 9 weeks, 20 days professional experience plus one lead up day
Assessment of skills (based on three guiding principles): Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement; the Professional Experience Folder; Attendance; and satisfactory completion of the professional practice (60%); and 1500wd report encompassing professional reflection and goal setting for future Professional Experience (40%); (overall pass/fail).
Arthur, L. Beecher, B., Death, E., Farmer, S., and Dockett, S. (2015). Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings (6th ed.). Australia: Cengage. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2009). Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Canberra: DEEWR. MacNaughton, G., and Williams, G. (2009) Teaching Techniques for Teaching Young Children: Choices for theory and practice (3rd end). Frenchs Forest NSW. Pearson
24 credit points including EDMT5687Prohibitions