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Ready to Teach Early Childhood: Practicum 5e

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU40006

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of theory study per week plus 20 days of placement


Type: Early Childhood Setting

Age Group: 3–5 years of age

Duration: 20 days

Minimum Attendance: 7.5 hours per day excluding breaks. Must include 5 hours contact time with children and 2–3 hours of planning or non-contact time per day

About this unit

This unit aims to prepare pre-service teachers to take a leadership role in the design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum for children aged three – five years and assess learning. Building on previous studies, experience and learning, students will focus their direction towards the role of a teacher in an early childhood setting. In this unit students build more advanced skills and gain additional knowledge for curriculum decision-making, including using a variety of means of assessing children’s interests, skills, knowledge and learning.


  • Learning content/subject discipline areas for early childhood education
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Diversity, difference and inclusion
  • Designing learning environments
  • Organising the curriculum (including routines, transitions, timing, choices)
  • Documenting planning decisions
  • Assessing children’s learning
  • Transition to school
  • Inquiry-based and problem-solving approaches
  • Diversity and individual differences
  • Maintaining safe and challenging learning environments
  • Tools and practices for assessing, recording and reporting on children’s learning
  • The use of ICT to communicate and to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum
  • Code of Ethics
  • Graduate early childhood teachers standards
  • Advocacy

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