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Infant and Toddler Education (10169.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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This unit investigates the significance of infant and toddler care and education. It challenges the dominant deficit notion of infant and toddler education being 'child minding' and reframes the discourse to one of learning through caregiving based on relationships within a robustly pedagogical play curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the knowledge of contemporary perspectives and practices of infant and toddler education that foster their holistic development, learning and wellbeing through pedagogies of relationship and play;

2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to encourage and promote individual children?s capabilities, rights and agency;

3. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of designing and implementing play and relationship pedagogies that foster infants learning within family, peer and community cultures;

4. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to engage and apply an approved learning framework to guide professional and lifelong learning approaches to infant practices in small group settings and larger communities;

5.Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to support and recognise the interrelationship between the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and communication development of children from birth to 6 years of age; and

6. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to gather information about children through observation and other sources as a basis to inform program-planning cycles and to share with children and their families.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, consisting of lectures, tutorials and 40 hours of placement.





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