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Identity: The Early Childhood Professional

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU40003

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

In this unit students explore what it means to be a contemporary early childhood professional, with its associated opportunities and challenges. Students consider their unique place and possible roles in the profession. In addition they learn strategies to support their own professional resilience and wellbeing.


  • Overview of children’s services in Australia
  • History of children’s services in Australia
  • Commonwealth and jurisdictional policies and initiatives in children’s services
  • National Quality Reform Agenda
  • Care-education divide
  • Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Key components of early childhood education, including play, images of children, collaborations with families, diversity and difference and the critical importance of relationships
  • What it means to be a professional and a member of a profession
  • Maintain and strengthen their own resilience and wellbeing and contribute to others’ wellbeing
  • What it means to be a professional
  • Professional learning and identity
  • Personal and professional resilience and wellbeing
  • Reflective practice
  • Professional associations, networks and collaborations
  • Communities of practice
  • Mentoring others

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