Warning! This subject requires you to do a practical placement, please see Special Requirements for more information.
Early Childhood Professional Experience 3: Kindergarten to Pre-Primary Learning Environments
Get practical with work placement and a digital portfolio. Apply and evaluate elements of early education including guiding behaviour and positive reciprocal relationships. Weigh up what makes a supportive learning environment for diverse learners.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- appraise the progressive development of capabilities against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and evidence this in a prepared digital professional portfolio
appraise and apply research findings about effective approaches to guiding behaviour, constructing positive reciprocal relationships with children, families and the community, and creating supportive learning environments to cater for the diverse needs and cultural backgrounds of children
- interpret data relating to early childhood education and propose actions to improve the diverse learning outcomes of children
- evaluate and implement assessment strategies, moderation procedures and reporting to stakeholders for children in Kindergarten and Pre-primary settings
- synthesise understandings about professional practice to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills for effective learning and teaching; and the creation and maintenance of positive learning environments that support the diverse needs of children aged three to five years.
- Pedagogical Approaches to early childhood environments and the importance of developing an Early Childhood philosophy; Diversity and cultural competence
- The digital professional portfolio; Looking forward to the AfGT Element 1 and 2
- Approaches to guiding behaviour: guiding and managing behaviour and environments; emotional support; routines and transitions
- Approaches to guiding behaviour: The place of feedback; praise and punishment in the early childhood environment; Children becoming responsible for their own behaviour
- Observation and Interpretation; Documentation as assessment for learning; Consideration of diverse groups of children
- Planning and assessment for inquiry; Developing questions to guide inquiry; Inquiry as intentional teaching; Differentiating teaching through inquiry
- Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships; Creating environments for all children and families; Designing a supportive learning environment; Maintaining supportive environments
- Preparation for professional experience: Planning, school processes, lesson starters
- Assessment strategies; Collecting and presenting data sets; Analysis of data
- Using data to plan for learning and teaching; Making consistent and comparable judgements
- Review of digital portfolio planning and teacher resilience
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-EDE322-Professional Studies in Supporting Learning Environments with Three to Five Year Olds (No longer available)
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-EDE360-Early Childhood Professional Experience 2: Quality Frameworks in Early Learning Centres
- CUR-EDE325-Professional Studies with Early Learning Quality Frameworks in the First Five Years of Life (No longer available)
- CUR-EDE222-Professional Studies in Teaching and Assessment in Junior Primary (No longer 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)
- Placement requirements - This subject includes a 4-week professional experience placement in a school. placements are undertaken on a full-time basis in a continuous block.
- 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.
This is the third in the suite of professional experience subjects and includes both a theory and a practical component (a placement in a Kindergarten or Pre-primary setting). With a focus on children aged three to five years old, approaches to creating emotionally supportive, equitable, healthy, safe and effective learning environments are critically examined. The design of supportive environments is contextualised within approaches to constructing collaborative partnerships and positive reciprocal relationships with children, families, and communities. The subject emphasises the application of learning, teaching and assessment approaches to meet the diverse needs of children in this age group. The examination of data relevant to early childhood education and the implications for learning and teaching are explored. The professional experience practical assessment is a four (4) week full-time block placement in a Kindergarten or Pre-primary setting intended to enable practical application of knowledge and skills covered in the theory, along with providing further insights into the complexity of the teacher’s role. 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:
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- Professional task (50%)
- Learning and Teaching Report (50%)
Current study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
Rigour and Assessment in the Classroom
Young Children's Behaviour: Guidance Approaches for Early Childhood Educators, 4th ed.