TEAC 1041 The Developing Child (Block)

Credit Points 10

Description An in-depth knowledge of child development is essential for educators to plan and provide culturally and developmentally appropriate practices for children in the early years. In this context, this unit aims to explore the diverse nature, processes and aspects of children's development from conception to 12 years of age. The unit investigates the physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, language, moral, creative, spiritual and academic domains of development. Students will gather an understanding of the evolving methods used to develop theory about child development - from traditional case study approaches to contemporary brain research. The role of family, community, and other sociocultural influences will also be considered in relation to understanding the holistic nature of children's development. Students will apply their knowledge of theories and methods of child study in the development of a Child Portfolio. Students will complete Working with Children Check (WWCC) (or the equivalent in their home state), the NSW Department of Education's online Child Protection Awareness Training and Annual update as part of the unit.

School Education

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects TEAC 1032 - The Developing Child TEAC 1033 - The Developing Child

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in program 7181 - Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain children�fs development from conception to 12 years of age across all domains;
  2. Analyse the major theories and contemporary

Subject Content

1. An overview of theories of children?fs development.
2. Child development: history, methods and sociocultural perspectives of child development
3. Biological foundations of child development, prenatal development, and birth
4. Child development: physical and motor development; cognitive development; language development; socio-emotional development; moral and spiritual development; creative and academic development
5. Diversity in families, cultures and communities and importance of working with children, families and communities professionally and ethically
6. Methods of observation, documentation and analysis of child development
7. Developmentally and culturally appropriate practices for children in the early years and their application to education contexts
8. Academic literacy, including analytical and reflective writing and the organisation of a child portfolio.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online quiz 20 questions/30 minutes 10 N Individual
Critical review of a theory based on case study 1,000 Words 30 N Individual
3. Part A - Child Protection training: 2 components Up to 2 hours S/U Y Individual
3. Part B- Portfolio Introduction and plan 450 Words 15 N Individual
3. Part C – Final Portfolio 1,000 Words (including initial plan) 35 N Individual
3. Part D – Peer Review of a peer’s planned activity 300 Words 10 N Individual

Teaching Periods