EEP422 Child, Family and Community: EC Contexts (8)

This subject will use a strengths based approach to explore educationally challenging and supportive environments for young children. It explores concepts such as resilience and risk through an ecological perspective which focuses on the interaction between context and the individual. Strengths based approaches recognise strengths as well as the challenges faced by people in families and communities. It also draws on social justice principles to support self determined goals as the basis for effective change. The subject recognises the pivotal role of quality early childhood education to the wellbeing of children, families and communities.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Northern Sydney Institute
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEP422. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • identify social justice issues and challenges surrounding early childhood contexts that affect the wellbeing of children, families and communities;
  • understand the development and implementation of strengths based approaches to working in early childhood education;
  • understand and critically analyse the use of a strengths approach and an ecological theoretical perspective when working in early childhood contexts;
  • develop ability to identify, and cater for, the strengths and needs of children and families, including children from rural and remote, low SES and Indigenous communities; culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and children with special and complex support needs;
  • identify, develop and justify an appropriate range of solutions based, resilience raising strategies to identify and address risks affecting children, families and communities; and
  • focus on the application of strengths approaches to the educational workplaces and to the community settings in which they are working.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The Strengths Approach: history & development.
- Theory, Research and Practice: What do they tell us about social justice issues affecting children, families and communities?
- Considering Early Childhood Educational Contexts: Links with strengths approaches and ecological perspectives.
- Implementing a Strengths Approach: Solutions-based practice, raising resilience and risk management.
- Critical Reflection about Strengths-based Practice.
- Conducting a Strengths-Based project: Workplace and community implementations.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEP422 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Strengths approach essay
Strengths-issue project

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.