Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Students will have the opportunity to explore, plan, teach and and review play and learning experiences in early childhood sites 0 - 5 yrs, drawing upon contemporary early childhood education theories and curriculum documents.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary early childhood curriculum documents, namely the Early Years Learning Framework;

2. Apply contemporary early childhood education theories in their professional and ethical practice, including guiding appropriate child interactions with others and with adults;

3. Create a challenging, engaging and safe learning environment for young children;

4. Plan and implement a range of play and learning experiences for young children, based on children's interests skills and need;

5. Critically evaluate the learning experiences of young children;

6. Critically reflect on their own teaching practice, based on action learning methodologies.


This course introduces students to:

  1. The application of pedagogical approaches embedded in early childhood curriculum documents, most notably the Early Years Learning Framework;
  2. The application of professional and ethical practice in early childhood sites;
  3. The application of early childhood pedagogy in terms of documenting, implementing and reviewing practice in an EC site;
  4. Action learning as a methodology to reflect and document pedagogical practices.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

To enrol in this course students must:

- be active in the following programs:

- Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [12366], or

- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) [40105], or

- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [40109],


- have successfully completed 60 units, including (EDUC1045 or EDUC1048), and EDUC1055, and (EDUC1103 or EDUC2103), and

- have completed or be concurrently enrolled in EDUC2102 and EDUC3066.

Assumed knowledge

EDUC1048 (or EDUC1045) and EDUC1055

Successful completion of LANTITE is required prior to enrolling in final Internship/Placement course (https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/)

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report 50% *

Portfolio: Eportfolio 50% *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

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


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full 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 Off Campus 5 day(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

20 days full time professional experience component.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.