Overview

Pre-service teachers will develop knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach infants and toddlers effectively. Within the allocated timeframe, pre-service teachers will undertake 20 days of professional experience in an approved early childhood setting, with children aged birth to two years. Major emphasis is given to respectful relationships, the potential for learning opportunities throughout the child’s total experience in early learning settings and the critical importance of knowing children in the context of family, community and culture. These knowledge, skills and dispositions will be used and extended under the supervision of an experienced and qualified teacher.

Requisites

Prerequisites
EDU10027 Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Primary: Practicum 1

Rule
EDU10001 Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 1
OR
EDU10027 Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Primary: Practicum 1

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Teaching Period 1
Location
Online
Start and end dates
11-March-2024
09-June-2024
Last self-enrolment date
24-March-2024
Census date
05-April-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
26-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Teaching Period 2
Location
Online
Start and end dates
08-July-2024
06-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
21-July-2024
Census date
02-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
23-August-2024
Results released date
29-October-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024
Teaching Period 3
Location
Online
Start and end dates
04-November-2024
09-February-2025
Last self-enrolment date
17-November-2024
Census date
29-November-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
27-December-2024
Results released date
04-March-2025

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Express a clear rationale for using an appropriate curriculum for babies and toddlers
  • Plan and construct rich learning environments indoors and outdoors and use a range of teaching practices and resources that engage infants and toddlers in learning appropriate to their interests, abilities and needs
  • Communicate and relate to families respectfully and in ways that demonstrate awareness of the particular importance of collaboration and shared decision making
  • Plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences that demonstrate the ability to articulate aims, objectives, procedures, outcomes and evaluation practices
  • Assess and document children’s development and learning in collaboration with families in a variety of ways that lead to a deep and broad basis for planning curriculum
  • Model respectful and sensitive interaction with very young children (birth to two years) in ways that lead to establishing and strengthening relationships that support learning
  • Apply your knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches to promote children’s learning and wellbeing in ways that are responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, doing and being

Teaching methods

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Placement
Placement
37.50 4 weeks 150
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
6.25 12 weeks 75
TOTAL225

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
Class
1.00 12 weeks 12
On-campus
Class
2.00 12 weeks 24
Placement
Placement
37.50 4 weeks 150
Unspecified Activities
Various
3.25 12 weeks 39
TOTAL225

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Professional Experience PortfolioIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 
Professional Experience ReportIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 

Content

  • Infant learning and development
  • Self-assessment of teaching performance
  • Planning and assessing infant learning
  • Recognising individual differences and supporting learning accordingly
  • Engaging collaboratively with colleagues and families
  • Creating and maintaining healthy, safe and rich learning environments that support learning
  • Helping infants begin to learn to guide their own behaviour
  • Strategies for evaluating learning and teaching programs to improve learning
  • Teaching strategies and resources for supporting and assessing infant learning
  • Routines and transitions
  • Sensorial play
  • Attachment theory and its implications for practice
  • Code of Ethics and professional standards

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.