Foundations of Early Childhood Education

Course code EDUC1045Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course will introduce students to a variety of early childhood services and investigate what it means to become an early childhood educator. Key elements of education for birth to eight-year olds will be studied. These will include the philosophy and practice of early childhood, the social and psychological contexts of children and their families and the diversity of curricula approaches across child care and school sites. Emphasis will be placed on an approach that recognises young children as active participants in their own life.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1. Understand the historical developments of early childhood settings;
2. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of curriculum and philosophical frameworks across early education sites
3. Articulate the elements that underpin and constitute early childhood education;
4. Identify key stakeholders;
5. Describe social and psychological aspects of young children and their families in relation to early childhood sites;
6. Situate themselves as beginning early childhood educators.
ContentThis course introduces students to:
- the complexities of early childhood services 0-8yrs
- the challenges of being an early childhood educator
- the philosophy and practice of early childhood
- social and psychological contexts of children and their families
- the diversity of curricula approaches across child care and school sites including the NSW Quality Teaching framework, the NSW Curriculum Framework for Children's Services and the Early Years Learning
Framework
- Development of self as professional early childhood educator
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor written assignment 20% - Critically evaluate a range of contemporary early childhood settings.
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor written assignment 30% - The role of Early Childhood educator.
JournalMajor assignment 50% - Analyse a case scenario in terms of cultural, philosophical, sociological and psychological frameworks.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC1045