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ECF2200 Relating with Families

Units : 1
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 : 18 May 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEED or BECH
Enrolment is not permitted in ECF2200 if EDO2104 has been previously completed


Families are the primary socializing institution and an essential focus of study for educators working with children and families. Quality early years services and learning contexts recognise that families are the most important contributors to their children's care, welfare, social and educational outcomes. Early years services and learning contexts are most beneficial to children, families and the broader community when educators partner with families. When working in partnership, families and early years professionals develop a shared appreciation of each child's home and education and care contexts. In coming to understand children, families, and child-rearing, professionals require a sound knowledge of the ways in which families act to promote and support prevailing societal expectations, as well as their function in leading and responding to societal change. In this course, pre-service educators will research theoretical and practical approaches for relating with families. Such study is essential for early years educators, who require informed perspectives that acknowledge the current diversity of families in Australia.

Pre-service educators will examine the diverse, complex and changing nature of Australian families and communities and the role of early years services and learning contexts in current societies. The course provides pre-service educators with opportunities to develop critical pedagogies and critical approaches for working with families and communities within a context of the social, political and economic discourses in early years education and care. Theoretical approaches to the study of families are explored, along with issues for children related to the structural and cultural diversity of families in Australia. Interconnections between children, families and communities are examined along with implications for working sensitively and effectively with parents and caregivers. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of government and economic policies and directions on services for young children and their families. Through course work, reflexivity and research, pre-service educators will focus on developing and refining communication skills, leadership qualities and collaborative partnerships with families, colleagues and children.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 18 May 2022