Course Title: Studying and Providing for Children Birth to Three Years

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studying and Providing for Children Birth to Three Years

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008

Course Coordinator: Dr. Berenice Nyland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7805

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 220.4.17

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None listed

Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on the theory and practices of working with children between the ages of birth and two. Students will gain skills in documenting and planning for infants and toddlers, become familiar with the theoretical literature, reflect on diversity, individual difference and the range of contexts families live in. The changing social image of infants and toddlers will be explored in relation to shifting expectations of children’s competency and provision of stimulating environments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Understand the importance of working collaboratively with children and their families.
• Understand the role of the parent and guardian in the life of the child.
• Understand children’s competence in the first two years.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Plan, implement and evaluate educational and care experiences that promote the wellbeing of infants and toddlers.
• Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical constructs that influence programming and planning for children birth to two.
• Critically reflect on the role of context and relationships when working with young children.
• Demonstrate an awareness of research that impacts upon the provision of early experiences.
ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.
• Personal proficiency in using ICT.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorial discussions, readings, self-directed research, practical experience, case studies, written work and presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Distributed Learning System (DLS)
Course outline, lecture notes, readings and explanatory notes will be available on the DLS. RMIT library and its extensive collection of e-data bases. References have been recommended, including a specific one for Task 1. Video material will be offered in class and the embedded practicum

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, observations, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.