TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102109

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Description This unit has a strong focus on supporting children's health and wellbeing through the building of relationships with children, staff, and children's families. Students apply their knowledge of work health and safety and the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority's National Quality Standard as they complete 25 days of placement with children under the age of 3. Students will complete a minimum of 10 days working with children under the age of 2 years and a minimum of 10 days working with children aged 2- 3 years. The placement includes 5 observation days that allow students to orient themselves to the setting and the groups of children with whom they will work. Students have the opportunity to document and assess children's learning and to apply knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy to plan innovative and engaging learning experiences that respond to children's family and community experiences and funds of knowledge. Students must satisfactorily complete the School of Education Literacy and Numeracy TASKs, Child Protection Awareness Training and Working with Children check and obtain anaphylaxis certification prior to undertaking visits to the early childhood setting and also meet the Inherent Requirements of the Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years / Birth - 12 Years), details of which are available at: http://www.uws.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_teaching_courses_postgraduate/master_of_teaching_birth_to_5_yearsbirth_to_12_years.

School Education

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) TEAC 7147

Equivalent Subjects TEAC 7034 - Early Childhood Professional Experience 1

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 1691 Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years / Birth-12 Years), 1670 Bachelor of Education (Birth ? 5) or 1783 Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate professional and ethical practice, including appropriate oral and written communication.
  2. Establish and evaluate professional goals that draw on graduate teacher standards, the early childhood placement and local community context and feedback from university and setting staff.
  3. Provide culturally responsive curriculum and continuity of care for children, reflecting respect for the role of families and communities in children�fs learning and the diversity of child rearing practices, expectations and values families hold for their children.
  4. Document and assess children�fs play, learning, relationships and dispositions in ways that identify children�fs capabilities and emerging understandings and build connections between children, families and educators.
  5. Design, implement and evaluate play-based experiences and learning centres that extend children�fs capabilities, interests and funds of knowledge, encourage exploration and creativity and promote social interactions and language.
  6. Demonstrate understandings of the principles, practices and learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and diverse languages, cu

Subject Content

1. Professional and ethical practice
a) Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers
b) The National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care
c) Legislation and recommendations for children?fs health, safety and wellbeing including healthy eating and physical activity
d) Work health and safety
e) Establishing and evaluating goals
f) Professional portfolios
g) Effective communication skills
h) Partnerships with families
2. Documentation and assessment of children?fs learning
a) Documenting individual children's family and community experiences and funds of knowledge
b) Documenting and analysing individ

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

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.
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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).


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 Modules and assessments:Academic Literacy TASK and Numeracy TASK Assessment 90 minutes Literacy and 90 mins Numeracy S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance: Report and Timesheet. 25 days (5 observations days and 20 days supervised by mentor teacher) S/U Y Individual
Professional Task: Reflection on evidence in Professional Portfolio presented at the Professional Learning Expo – assessed by University Advisor 10 minutes S/U Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S., & Farmer, S. (2020). Programming and planning in early childhood settings (8th ed.). Cengage.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



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2022 Semester 2



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