ECE220 - Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour online workshop per non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks)

1 x conference per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour online workshop per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks)

2 x 1-hour online class per trimester

1 x conference per trimester


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery



The content is organised around key science concepts cognitively appropriate for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. A range of issues are addressed:

  • Science understandings relevant to the early childhood settings;
  • The nature of science and its relationship to society and the environment;
  • The nature of learning in science and the environment; teaching approaches and strategies for linking science with the other curriculum areas;
  • Assessing children's understandings;
  • Contemporary issues in curriculum provision and the teaching of science and the environment through play
  • The importance of language in the exchange of science ideas with children.

Aspects of science that are relevant to early childhood and primary educators are presented - for example, investigation of living things, materials, properties of water, air, electricity and magnetism, light, sound. Environmental concepts are integrated throughout the program. This unit will identify teaching approaches and strategies for supporting learning in early childhood settings. It will demonstrate, through practical activities applied through play, how young children develop their scientific and environmental understandings.

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