EPT446 Analysing Learning: The Early Years (8)

In the first part of this subject, students will focus on the analysis and interpretation of documentation for children's learning, and explore various assessment practices relevant to the early childhood context. In the second part of the subject, students will undertake 25 days of professional experience in an early childhood setting where students will participate in learning experiences that require them to: observe and interact with children, gather, analyse and interpret observations and documentation, design learning experiences, assess, evaluate and reflect on their teaching and the contribution of this experience to their professional growth.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT446. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) course.

This subject is not available to students who have completed EEL203 and EPT328.


EPT122 and ( EPT140 or EPT221 ) and ( EPT217 or EPT340 )

Subject Relationships

EEL203 Shares similar content
EPT328 Shares similar content
EPT140 Prerequisite subject
EPT217 Prerequisite subject
EPT340 Prerequisite subject
EPT122 Prerequisite subject
EPT221 Prerequisite subject

Incompatible Subjects

EEL203, EPT328

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and interpret observations and documentation as evidence about what children aged birth to five years know, can do and understand;
  • be able to analyse the learning of children aged birth to five years by applying a range of theoretical perspectives;
  • be able to demonstrate authentic and ethical assessment for learning for children aged birth to five years;
  • be able to evaluate learning plans through authentic annotations and amendments to plans, following the implementation of learning experiences;
  • be able to build professional relationships with children aged birth to five years, and interpersonal engagement with professional stakeholders within the learning context;
  • be able to develop a situational analysis of the early childhood context, including descriptive observations and analyses of children, staff and the environment to inform practice and learning design; and
  • be able to reflect on their professional development through the compilation of a teaching portfolio demonstrating their achievement of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at graduate level.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Interpreting and analysing children's learning
  • Meeting children's different learning needs
  • Assessment for learning in the early childhood context
  • Planning effective pedagogies in the early childhood context
  • Managing diverse learning environments
  • Communicating with families, educators, other professionals and community members
  • Professional reflection and evaluation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT446 in Session 1 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 %
Professional experience goals
Analysing children's learning
Final report
Professional electronic portfolio

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Attendance at an early childhood service for 25 days where students will be involved with interpreting and analysing childrens learning, meeting childrens different learning needs and assessing their learning. Students will plan effective pedagogies for teaching the full range of early childhood learners. Students will communicate with families, educators, other professionals and community members and reflect and evaluate their learning.

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.