Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a bridge between the Diploma of Children's Services and a Bachelor level of Early Childhood Education. Students explore historical aspects of Early Childhood Education and examine contemporary theory and issues that shape Childhood today. The subject also outlines the role of the Early Childhood Teacher and explores the notion of curriculum for young children from birth. Students will establish their own identity as an early childhood professional and set goals for their future professional development. This subject includes the introductory practicum for the course and has eight days of placement.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarla Jeffrey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsProgramming and planning in early childhood settings (5th ed.)PrescribedArthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S., & Farmer, S. (2012)VICTORIA: CENGAGE LEARNING

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, Week 22-34, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarla Jeffrey

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
Three 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week and delivered via online.
"Plus online learning activities"

Placement - Off Site
One 8.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Contemporary issue analysis (equivalent to a 900 word essay)30
Curriculum Portfolio (equivalent to a 900 word essay)30
Practicum Supervisor's reportHurdle Requirement: 8 days of supervised early childhood practice. Satisfactory participation & performance to defined exit standards are required to meet this hurdle requirement.10
Reflection of Professional Practice (equivalent to a 900 word essay)30