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ECE407 - Child, Family and Community Health and Physical Development

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

To enrol in this unit, please contact Student Services team


Final year of offer 2016

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*

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

(For students enrolled in courses E420 or E421 only)

Unit chair:

Llewellyn Wishart





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Class (practical) per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool*: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students are also required to attend 3 x 3 hour Seminars (intensive).


The unit provides an overview of the theories of development in early childhood, with an emphasis on physical development and the significant influences on development, health and well-being at this stage of the life span. The unit is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to examine theory and practices and apply these to programs that enhance safety, health and development in early childhood. In developing the programs students will critically explore community, social and cultural matters that impact on early childhood education.


Two assessments: 40%, 60%

Task 1: Portfolio. Students undertake small inquiry-based tasks that can inform knowledge about teaching and management in pre-school institutions (40%).

Task 2: Program development and presentation. The task will consist of two sections. Section one will require research into the significant developmental and environmental factors that enhance early childhood health and physical development in a formal early childhood learning environment. The second section of the task is the development of a program or unit of work with teaching and learning strategies. Students will deliver a presentation on a selected topic negotiated with the lecturer. The program will be presented to peers (60%).

Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.

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