TEAC 3050 Professional Practice Birth - 3 Years

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Jaydene Barnes Opens in new window

Description This subject includes intensive on-campus workshops, as students complete a 10-day placement with children under the age of two years and a second 15-day placement with children two – three years of age. There is a strong focus on building relationships with children, staff and families as well as adhering to work health and safety and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s (ACECQA) National Quality Standards. Students will assess children’s learning and socio-cultural context and use this knowledge to plan innovative and engaging play-based learning experiences.

School Education

Discipline Teacher Education: Early Childhood

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) TEAC 2023 Engaging in Early Childhood


Students must be enrolled in 1926 Bachelor of Education (Early Education) and have completed 160 credit points before enrolling in this subject 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply professional and ethical practice, including appropriate communication skills, to working with other educators. 
  2. Establish professional goals to improve practice.
  3. Provide culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogies to ensure continuity of care for children.
  4. Analyse children’s play, learning, relationships and dispositions to identify children’s capabilities and emerging understandings to enhance connections between home, community and education contexts.
  5. Evaluate play-based experiences that you have designed and implemented, that extend children’s capabilities, interests and funds of knowledge.
  6. Apply the Early Years Learning Framework principles, practices and learning outcomes in documentation, assessment and planning. 
  7. Interact with children in ways that support children’s sense of identity and wellbeing, build relationships, guide behaviour and extend learning. 
  8. Implement practices that promote children’s health, safety and wellbeing in environments that reflect legal requirements and current recommendations in the areas of health and safety. 

Subject Content

  1. Professional and Ethical Practice
    • Introduction to Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers
    • The National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education Care
    • Legislation and recommendations for children’s health, safety and wellbeing
    • Work health and safety protocols in early childhood services
    • Reflective practice – including goal setting
    • Communication and developing partnerships
  2. Documentation and Assessment of Children’s learning 
    • Documenting family and community experiences and funds of knowledge
    • Documenting and analysing children’s play, learning, dispositions and relationships
    • Using the Early Years Learning Framework as an integral part of the planning cycle
    • Developing strategies and pedagogies that build relationships, extend learning and guide positive behaviour
  3. Meaningful Curriculum
    • Culturally responsive curriculum: connecting to children’s family, community experiences and funds of knowledge
    • Dispositions
    • Learning Processes
    • Play-Based pedagogies

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Prior to enrolling in this subject:   

1. Students are required to complete the Working with Children Check (WWCC) process leading to the issuance of a clearance number under the category of volunteer.  Students will need to:
    i. Access the Commission for Children and Young People website and complete an online application form to generate an application number.
    ii.  Present an application number and identification to a Service NSW office who will issue a Working with Children Check number via mail or email.
   iii. Submit the letter with a valid Working With Children Check number via WesternNow Student Portal. The document is recorded as a Special Requirement on your academic record.
WesternNow Student Portal link

 2. Students must complete the two components of the NSW Department of Education’s Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT).  
a) Students will need to:
     i. Access the NSW Department of Education’s MyPL website https://mypl.education.nsw.gov.au/
    ii. Complete the online Child Protection Awareness Training: Induction
   iii.  Save certificate of completion
   iv.  Submit certificate via WesternNow Student Portal
b) Students will need to:
    i.  Access the NSW Department of Education’s MyPL website https://mypl.education.nsw.gov.au/
   ii.  Complete the Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT): Annual Update for the calendar year
  iii.  Save certificate of completion
  iv.  Submit certificate via WesternNow Student Portal
Both certificates will be recorded on your student record as Special Requirements with the end date for the Annual CPAT recorded. The CPAT: Annual Update will need to be renewed and submitted on an annual basis.
Students who have not completed both components of the Child Protection Awareness Training will need to withdraw from the subject.
3. Students must complete the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training and submit their certificate to Submit certificate via WesternNow Student Portal.

4. Students must meet the Inherent Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Birth – 5 Years / Birth -12 Years)
5. Students must be COVID-19 fully vaccinated. If a student is unable to obtain an approved vaccination for medical reasons, they will need to approach their doctor who must complete a contraindication form available at: covid-19-vaccine-contraindication.pdf (nsw.gov.au). Students to submit details of all vaccination doses or contraindication form via Western Now form for it to be recorded on their academic record. Any variation to this special requirement needs to be approved by the Director of Academic Program – Early Childhood and Director of Academic Program – Professional Experience. 


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Placement Performance (Submission of Timesheet) 25 days comprised of 10 days placement 1 & 15 days placement 2. S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance (Submission of Report) 25 days comprised of 10 days placement 1 & 15 days placement 2. S/U Y Individual