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EDM8017 Relating and Inquiring in Infant and Toddler Education and Care Contexts

Short Description: Relating & Inquiring Infant Ed
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 5 December 2021


Pre-requisite: EDM5014 and EDM5001

Other Requisites

Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid blue card OR exemption card

If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience office

Students need to lodge their blue card application or renewal online . Students will need to register with blue card services and validate their identification online. If successful, the student will be provided an online account number to send to the Professional Experience Team to ensure there are no delays with their placement. Students will not be able to commence their placement without a current blue card. USQ recommends students lodge their renewal at least 28 days prior to the expiry of their current card.

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to

If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to


Course participants will critically inquire about the complex and changing nature of learning with, caring for and educating infants and toddlers. Culturally relevant theoretical approaches and methodological innovations to the study of infants and toddlers are explored. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of government and economic policies and directions on services for infants and toddlers and their families. Course participants will examine their own positionality in working with and relating to families, with a focus on questioning and reframing their existing thinking and practices. Through course work, reflexivity and research, participants will have the opportunity to develop critical pedagogies for working with infants and toddlers, and critical approaches to planning for relationships, attachment, care and play as the curriculum of everyday life in infant and toddler settings. Interconnections between infants and toddlers and their educators are uncovered along with implications for working ethically and respectfully with their families and communities.

Course participants will undertake a 10 day professional experience in an early childhood setting which caters for children birth to two years and their families. It is a requirement during this professional experience to design and implement an Action Research project in collaboration with stakeholders in the placement setting.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2021 External
Date printed 5 December 2021