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Curriculum, Planning and Assessment for Infants: Practicum 3

Overview of the unit

Unit code: EDU30003
Duration: 1 Teaching Period
Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of theory study per week plus 10 days of placement
Placement Type: Early Childhood Setting
Age Group: 0-2 years of age
Duration: 10 days
Minimum Attendance: 35 hours per week or 7 hours per day. Must include 5 hours contact time with children and 2-3 hours of planning or non-contact time per day

About this unit

In this unit, students focus on curriculum and assessment with very young children (from birth to two years). Major emphasis is on respectful relationships, the potential for learning opportunities throughout the child’s total experience in early learning settings and the critical importance of knowing children in the context of family, community and culture.

Content

  • How infants and toddlers learn
  • Self-assessment of teaching performance
  • Assessing, reflecting and planning infants’ and toddlers’ learning
  • Appropriate learning opportunities in the first two years
  • Recognising individual differences and supporting learning accordingly
  • Engaging collaboratively with colleagues and families
  • Creating and maintaining healthy, safe and rich learning environments that support learning
  • Helping infants and toddlers begin to learn to guide their own behaviour
  • Strategies for evaluating learning and teaching programs to improve learning (e.g. environmental checklists)
  • Practices and resources for supporting and assessing infants’ and toddlers’ learning
  • Implementing a holistic notion of curriculum with infants and toddlers (e.g. treasure blanket)
  • Routines and transitions
  • Sensorial play
  • Attachment theory and its implications for practice
  • Importance of attachments, supported transitions and family-based approaches
  • Code of Ethics
  • Graduate EC Teachers Standards

This unit is found in Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).