Foundations of Child Development

Course code EDUC1055
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


Examines development from conception through to infancy and early childhood to age twelve. Students develop an understanding of developmental concepts, principles and processes and various theoretical perspectives relating to child development, and the implications for early childhood education. Particular attention is paid to critical engagement with research and theory within the Australian socio-cultural context.



  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches to different domains of development, including language development and learning

2. Explain how these relate to children's learning and how to support children's wellbeing and health, emotional and social learning and lives

3. Observe, document, implement and review in order to assess and reflect on children's learning for planning within early childhood settings

4. Apply knowledge of the relationship between theory, children's learning, documentation for learning and intentional teaching


This course contains:1. theories of learning, children's emotional and social learning and lives2. children's thinking, children's language acquisition3. documentation for learning in early childhood setting4. intentional teaching / learningengagement with research5. reading and understanding child development and learning theory literature6. applying child development and learning theory literature to analysis of documentation and to practiceThis course contains 5 days professional experience in an early childhood setting


This course is only available to student who have successfully completed EDUC1048 and are active in the B Teaching(Primary) / B Early Childhood Studies (12216) or the B Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) (12366) programs.

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Report: Reports

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.
  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.
  • Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 15 hour(s) per Term

This course contains 15 hours research and observation.


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term

Students must attend 6 one-hour lectures (or 3 two-hour lectures) that contain information directly pertinent to their placement. Check the course Blackboard site for days and times of these must-attend lectures.


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term