EPR714 - Curriculum Inquiry in Professional Experience: Education and Care Birth to Three


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Online

Enrolments close on 15 May^

From 2025:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Enrolments close on 15 May^

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Enrolments close on 15 August^

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

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E761

Students must pass 4 units from, EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPR761 or EPR781
E761.3 students must pass ECE733
Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: EPR724, EPR744, EPR754, EPR784
Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - online

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks).

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in the unit site throughout the trimester.

Participation is highly recommended in the scheduled 1-hour Blackboard Collaborate Placement Briefing Session.

In-person attendance requirements

^Professional Experience

Pre-service Teachers will also be required to attend 10-days of Professional Experience in an Early Childhood education setting ages birth-to-two years.

Those enrolled concurrently with EPR782 will undertake their 10-days of professional experience after the end of Trimester (during the trimester break) and will submit their final assessment after the completion of the placement.

  • Trimester 2 enrolments for this unit close on 15 May

For the most up-to-date advice regarding your placement please see here.


This unit will provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the care and education of young children aged from birth to three years, and the pedagogical approaches that optimise children’s learning, development and well-being in these crucial early years.

Drawing on theories of play and learning, students will examine infant and toddler learning and development by analysing the connection between care and education for this age group of children, through a focus on child centred practices, pedagogies of care, and pedagogies of relationships to support young children’ learning, development, and wellbeing and identity.

The importance of care practices in building relationships with children to enhance learning will be examined, along with an examination of the interrelationship between children’s environments, connections and opportunities for learning and development. Students will draw on their knowledge of pedagogy, learning and environment to critically analyse educator practices as they support children’s learning and development.

The unit will provide opportunities for students to gain deeper understanding of the importance of stories, songs, movement and dance for young children’s well-being and developing sense of self, as well as support children's physical, emotional, social, cognitive and language development. The role of the early years teacher as an advocate who can lead the development and facilitation of quality teaching and learning experiences for infants and toddlers will be a focus of this unit.

The role of the family as an equal and respected partner in the planning and decision making for their child will also be explored and students will engage in critical debate about family partnerships by focusing on the policy documents, literature and examination of practice as influencing these relationships.

Hurdle requirement

Professional experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institution of Teaching for the preparation of teachers. In this unit you will complete 10 days of the required 70 days for the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood). Satisfactory completion of the professional experience is required in order to pass this unit.

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