Course Title: Linking Theory and Practice: Children Birth to Two

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Linking Theory and Practice: Children Birth to Two

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor Jayne White

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7480

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.21

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore a developmental and social view of infants including: theories of development, growth and well-being. You will extend your skills in designing environments that are physically stimulating, culturally responsive, socially satisfying and that contain opportunities for multiple modes of communication. Cultural aspects of childrearing will be discussed with an emphasis on the agency and rights of young children. You will examine Australian and state regulations and legislation in relation to planning and providing high quality experiences for infants. This course includes a professional experience placement in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in early childhood settings.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Critically discuss theories of child development in the first two years
• Apply theoretical knowledge of development, growth and well-being to your pedagogical practice
• Communicate and work with families to support high quality practice
• Design and evaluate learning environments appropriate for children birth to two
• Demonstrate skills in programming, evaluation, documentation and planning for individual infants.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

• Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
• Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts
• Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education
• Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice
• Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as theory lectures, workshops to explore use of materials, practice in designing high quality environments to promote care and education in tutorials, discussion on experiences encountered in professional practice, linking the National Framework Communication Learning Outcomes to activities presented in workshops and tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Pre-Placement Hurdle Task (0%)
You will complete a quiz before you go on placement to ensure you are prepared including in relation to OH&S requirements in early childhood settings.
This is a hurdle task primarily for the purpose of safety, to ensure you are appropriately prepared to work with children later in the course. It is a professional registration requirement that you are prepared before engaging with children in early childhood centres educational settings.

Assignment 1 Part A: Micro-Credential called 'Emotional Intelligence' (5%)

Assignment 1 Part B: Personal plan (15 %) 

Assignment 2: Learning Story (35%) 

Assignment 3: Task 3 WIL: Conversation analysis report (45%).

  If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Moordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: