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ECE403 - Developing Partnerships

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Offering information:

To enrol in this unit, please contact Student Services team

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student must be enrolled in course E420 or E421

Unit chair:

Natalie Robertson





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: Students are required to attend 3 x 3 hour intensives


This unit pertains to the development of student knowledge relating to the multiple collaborative roles of early childhood educators in conjunction with colleagues, allied professionals and parents. Communicative and consultative skills are addressed through the various responsibilities of early childhood educators including teaching, consultancy, child advocacy and the development of family partnerships. Attention will also be drawn to the range of communicative interactions that can promote or detract from effective interpersonal communication.

  • the context for delivery of early childhood services including the roles of health, education, medical and paramedical professions
  • the roles of families and communities, including an awareness of diversity in family structures and dimensions
  • developing relationships with parents and fostering parental participation in programs
  • positive professional communication: skills including non-verbal behaviour, empathic listening, problem solving and conflict resolution
  • applying such skills in difficult situations, for example, assisting parents where developmental delay may be an issue
  • the role of the early childhood educator in child advocacy including referral and collaborative interagency work
  • developing professional support networks including professional groups, cluster management and associations


Students will complete inquiry based tasks requiring an exploration of current literature and a reflection on the contemporary role of professional partnerships or professional community networks in early childhood education. This will be further explored by their interviewing and reporting on the views of three colleagues working in this area, 50%


Students will complete a literature review on proficient communication skills. This knowledge will be applied in a relevant early childhood education scenario for example, the development of an in-service presentation for colleagues on child advocacy or working with parents where a child has developmental issues, 50%

Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent

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