Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course builds intermediate level principles and philosophical foundations of a contemporary approach to early childhood education that also underpins planning, pedagogical documentation and evaluation in line with the Early Years Learning Framework. It builds on the view of the child as competent participant in EC settings and communities, and whose voice needs to be taken into consideration and acted on in all decisions affecting them. Part of this approach is the emphasis on the diverse ways children construct knowledge with adults, peers, family, a diverse community and the broader society. This approach also includes addressing the diversity of young learners and enacting inclusive practice. The course provides intermediate level knowledge on play based pedagogies, alternative pedagogies and curriculum from historical, comparative and critical perspectives. It also understands ECEC as children's place and a place for ethical, professional and democratic practice. The course also introduces students to guiding young children's behaviour, especially with an emphasis on principles of prevention and teaching negotiation to young children.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the current philosophical foundations and principles of early childhood education, the child, the young learner, children's behaviour, and inclusive settings.

2. Describe the current philosophical foundations and principles of different curriculum and pedagogical approaches, including play-based pedagogy.

3. Identify key features of planning, pedagogical documentation and evaluation and application to practice.

4. Explain professional, ethical and democratic principles, and recognize the importance of relations with diverse families and communities.


This course introduces students to:

  1. Complexities of early childhood settings - birth to 8 years.
  2. Contemporary understanding of children, learning, the young learner and intentional teaching.
  3. The philosophy and practice of early childhood, as professional, democratic and ethical.
  4. Play-based pedagogy.
  5. Alternative pedagogies and curriculum approaches in comparative perspectives, including the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework.
  6. Foundations of curriculum planning, programming and evaluation.
  7. Learning in relationships with diverse families and communities.
  8. Guiding behaviours.


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.

Assumed knowledge

EDUC1048 and EDUC1055

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Presentation: Presentations: Group

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Integrated Learning Session

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

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.