Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


It is widely recognised in early years research that the first years of a child's life are vitally important to their overall growth and development. These early years have life long effects for children's well being. For children, families and early years educators, these years are impacted through a range of complex issues such as family context, health, poverty, disability, gender, culture, environmental sustainability, policy developments and the range of rituals and customs associated with child rearing. This course critically investigates and analyses these issues within a framework of children's rights and participation.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of various contemporary issues in early childhood, including children's rights and participation;

2. Develop, articulate and justify a professional/leadership position regarding early childhood and early years provision; and

3. Demonstrate critical engagement with the theories, philosophies and approaches to early years provision.


The following list indicates indicative course content:

  1. children's rights and participation;
  2. family contexts;
  3. child rearing rituals and customs;
  4. environmental sustainability;
  5. contemporary policy and provision in Australia, including leadership; and
  6. international trends in policy and provision.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assessment 1

Written Assignment: Assessment 2

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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.