EPT308 Early Childhood Teacher In The Community (8)


This subject takes an ecological approach to exploring the interactions between young children and the environment in which they live. The relationships between child and family, family and early childhood service and family and local community are examined. The guided practice aspect of this subject is designed to take into account students' previous experiences.  

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceDubbo Campus
Session 2
InternalNorthern Sydney Institute
DistanceDubbo Campus
Session 3
DistanceDubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT308
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USSchool of Teacher Education

Assumed Knowledge

EEP417 and EEB309 and EMC305 and EML302

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  •  be able to demonstrate an understanding of professional philosophy and knowledge, teaching competency and interpersonal skills;
  • discuss the relationship between the experiences of a group of young children and their homes, early childhood services and area in which they live;
  • use a variety of resources to research an area, for example interviews, surveys, local newspapers;
  • discuss some of the implications of government funding of children's services and the experiences of children, their families and caregivers;
  • extend and refine their teaching, leadership and management skills utilising knowledge gained through their university studies, and reflection on their teaching and learning;
  • articulate the roles and responsibilities of early childhood teachers.
  • demonstrate competence in a range of pedagogical, social, and administrative skills commensurate with the professional experience setting and the student's stage in the course.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Exploration of communities; and
  • Professional experience.
  • The first section includes topics Children, Families and Communities: Context and Consequences. The second section has general topics of Communication and Techniques for Teaching.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 20 days duration. In this professional experience students will be working with children aged between birth and two years. They will be required to observe children, plan and evaluate lessons based on their theoretical studies and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the National early childhood curriculum and reflect on their developing teaching skills. This professional experience aims to provide the preservice teacher with the skills to become the pedagogical leader of the early childhood education and care setting.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.