|Short Description:||Foundations of Early Childhood|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||National Priority - Teaching|
|ASCED code :||070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||21 October 2020|
Enrolment is not permitted in ECF1100 if EDC1400 has been previously completed.
Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.
This course considers the broad range of factors that influence the provision of early childhood education and care in Australia. Contemporary political, economic, statutory, social and cultural factors will be considered, as will their implications for children, families, early childhood service provision and the early childhood education profession. The course introduces the Australian education policy context, with emphasis on policies directly pertaining to early childhood education and care. This includes an overview of policies, standards and learning frameworks that currently guide pedagogies and curricula in the years prior to schooling. The course explores contemporary public debates about early childhood education and care, and the implications of these debates for professional development and practice. These issues are considered in relation to theoretical perspectives and empirical research that can be used by educators to analyse, critique and participate effectively in broader debates concerning their field. The course considers how theoretically, empirically and ethically defensible responses to these issues might be formulated by members of the early childhood profession. The course also considers declarations and principles of children's rights, and considers legislation, ethical codes of conduct and strategies for upholding children's rights by supporting student wellbeing and safety within early childhood educational contexts.