|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 :||17 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH
The range of early childhood contexts is broad and beginning educators would be advantaged by knowledge relating to the variety of early childhood services. Early childhood educators also require knowledge of effective professional practices and leadership and management skills that will enable them to meet differing requirements across the sector. Awareness of current issues and trends in the early childhood field would enable early childhood professionals to make informed choices in adapting to changing policy environments and undertaking advocacy for young children and parents and carers. Understanding engagement in continued professional learning as an approach to improve effective professional practice is vital.
This course will introduce beginning early childhood educators to the theory and practices associated with effective professional practice, leadership and management. It will incorporate practical skills for early childhood educators working with staff and the community, responding to policy change and maintaining procedures which reflect current legal and ethical requirements. Pre-service educators will engage with research as a source of professional learning and collaborate as a collegial team to develop their understandings of issues relating to current trends that will impact their future roles as practitioners in early childhood contexts. Pre-service educators will develop strategies for community advocacy regarding early childhood issues, and seek effective ways in which they may lead important conversations.