EPT326 Early Childhood Professional Practice (8)


This subject comprises a professional experience placement up to 25 days in a service for three to five year old children. It will enable students to develop communication skills with children and adults and practise skills in observation and planning.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalNorthern Sydney Institute
DistanceDubbo Campus
Session 2
DistanceDubbo Campus
Session 3
DistanceDubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT326
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

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

Assumed Knowledge

EEP417 and EEB309 and EMC305 and EML302

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years) are required to complete 25 days of the professional experience placement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply academic knowledge and principles to the 3-5 years setting
  • be able to have the capacity to use records of individual children's learning and interests as a basis for planned experiences
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences for children aged 3-5 years based on individual capacities and interests
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain positive and sympathetic contacts with young children on an individual basis
  • be able to demonstrate the necessity of abiding by the regulations and quality assurance procdures that apply to settings for children aged 3-5 years
  • be able to demonstrate skills in making resources to enhance the learning and development of 3-5 year old children
  • be able to demonstrate skills of linking child development theory to early childhood practices and programs for 3-5 year olds
  • be able to demonstrate a developing understanding of the roles of the professional , parents and communities in early childhood services
  • show the ability to use reflective practice in their work with children
  • have competently employed classroom and behaviour management practices appropriate to children aged 3-5
  • understand transition issues relevant to children 3-5
  • have successfully completed up to 25 days of professional experience with 3-5 year olds
  • be able to 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
  • Professional experience

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 25 days duration. In this professional experience students will be working with children aged between three and five 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.