Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a variety of approaches in curriculum decision making
  2. demonstrate links between theory, the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2009) and planning for babies and toddlers
  3. identify factors that influence curriculum decision making processes
  4. facilitate appropriate experiences for children within the total learning environment
  5. identify appropriate strategies for guiding children’s behaviour (birth to two years)
  6. describe the value of an anti bias approach in work with children and their families
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the role of the reflective practitioner.
    • Welcome & Introduction
    • Pedagogy & Approaches I-II
    • Programming & Planning I-IV
    • Professional Experience Preparation
    • Engaging with Community I - II
    • Professional Experience Placement
    • Reflection
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ECEX603

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

MAQ-ECHX601-Health and Well-being in Early Childhood , or MAQ-ECEX601
MAQ-ECHX602-Early Childhood Development , or MAQ-ECEX602
MAQ-ECHX600-Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy , or MAQ-ECEX600

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    - eTextbook: Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. (2014). Play and materials for children birth to two years. Sydney: Macquarie University. This required text (eBook) can be purchased from Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. Please complete the order form located at and email to to place your order.

    - Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

This subject was previously known as ECEX603 Early Childhood Professional Practice 1.

This subject incorporates both specialist theory and practice in early childhood education by combining university based study with practical teaching experience in an early childhood setting. The 20-day practical experience component is based on a sound understanding that students will be operating at a level reasonably expected of a postgraduate student teacher undertaking a block of professional experience as a teacher of young children for the first time. Subject content will focus on examining and reflecting on the student's role in teaching and learning with young children from birth to two years.

  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)
  • Placement- assessed as un/satisfactory (0%)

Textbook information is pending.

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