|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||23 May 2022|
Enrolment is not permitted in ECF1100 if EDC1400 has been previously completed.
A broad range of political, economic, statutory, social and cultural factors influence the provision of early childhood education and care in Australia. Early childhood educators require sound knowledge of these factors and care and educational implications, as well as the theoretical and empirical rationales underpinning professional practices that have emerged in response. This knowledge equips early childhood educators to make critically informed, evidence-based contributions to professional practice, community understandings and ongoing public debates that impact upon children, families, early childhood services and the early childhood education profession. These skills are crucial for ensuring that preservice educators are prepared for the professional responsibilities, ethical obligations, social expectations and legal requirements pertaining to early childhood education and care.
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.