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ECE407 - Child, Family and Community Health and Physical Development

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
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:L 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).


* Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered in intensive mode

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


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.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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