This subject requires you to do a practical placement, please see Additional Requirements for more information.
Undergraduate | CUR-EDE360-2023
Early Childhood Professional Experience 2: Quality Frameworks in Early Learning Centres
Discover what it takes to create a supportive environment for young learners with both theory and a placement. Study areas such as responsibilities, health and safety, and how to encourage cognitive development – testing these out in the world.
Online & on-campus
Part of a degree
- 29 May 2023,
- 27 Nov 2023
About this subject
What you'll learn
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- create and implement meaningful planned learning experiences, to industry standards, for infants, toddlers and young children within early learning settings
- demonstrate a developing leadership style through engagement with an organisational culture and professional learning community
- synthesise understandings developed in the unit to advance and maintain collaborative relationships with families and colleagues as teacher professional identity, resilience and emotional wellbeing is strengthened
- appraise national and state laws and policy, and the impact these have on early learning environments, families and children.
- Setting the scene – the Early Learning context
- Roles and responsibilities in the Early Learning Centre
- Environments: Planning and programming; Indoor environments; Outdoor environments
- Promoting children’s health and safety
- The importance of relationships; Image of the child; Child development
- Observing, interpreting and documenting children’s learning
- Fostering cognitive and language development
- Transition, resilience and self-regulation
- Managing to support quality assessment & rating process
- Leadership in the Early Learning context
- Community projects and cultural competency
- Review of personal teaching philosophy and teacher resilience
This is the second in the suite of professional experience subjects and includes both a theory and a practical component (a placement in an Early Learning Centre). This subject will require the practical application of curriculum and early childhood pedagogy appropriate to young children in early learning centres. Planning and implementing high quality learning experiences and supportive environments to maximise learning opportunities for infants, toddlers and young children will be a feature of this subject. The theoretical component includes roles and responsibilities, planning and programming learning environments, health and safety, fostering cognitive, language, emotional and social development, as well as observing and documenting learning. The subject will examine national and state laws and policy and the impact these have on early learning environments, families and children. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop a leadership style through engaging with the organisational culture and professional learning community while attending a practicum in an accredited Early Learning Centre working with babies, toddlers and young children. The placement will comprise of a 1 day visit for 5 weeks aligned to five theory topics immediately followed by a block of 15 consecutive days. Students will aim to build collaborative partnerships with families and colleagues during the placement. All required clearances to work with children must be obtained and valid, and all other professional experience requirements met. Both theory and practical components must be passed in order to pass the subject.
To view the Professional Experience Calendar, please see below:
2023 Bachelor of Education Prof Exp Calendar (PDF)
Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.
Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.
- Case Study (50%)
- Reflection (50%)
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- CUR-ECE-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
- CUR-FAST-DEG-2023 - Fast track your Curtin on campus study
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
- CUR-EDE220-Early Childhood Professional Experience 1: Learning and Teaching in Junior Primary
CUR-EDE222 (Not currently available)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).
You won't be able to enrol into this subject if you've already successfully completed or currently enrolled in the following subject(s) as they are considered anti-requisites due to the similarity of the content.
CUR-EDE325 (Not currently available)
- Placement requirements - This subject includes a 20-day professional experience placement in an Early Learning Centre. This placement will comprise of 1 day per week for 5 weeks aligned to five theory topics, immediately followed by a block of 15 consecutive days. The block placement must be undertaken on a full-time basis at the specified time. Please note that all relevant, valid working with children checks and clearances must be provided as requested prior to commencement of the placement.
- Other requirements - Please note that all relevant, valid working with children checks and clearances must be provided as requested prior to commencement of the placement.
Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees