This unit focuses on current understandings of management, leadership and advocacy in early childhood services. It provides knowledge of how to lead practice across the Early Years Learning Framework, including how to establish and sustain a working culture of collaboration and cooperation. Pre-service teachers are expected to develop an understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities when managing children's services, such as duty of care responsibilities, safeguarding children, knowledge of the rights of children, equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice. Current and future trends in early childhood services are explored as is the nature and development of leadership, mentoring and advocacy for children and families.

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ECE2001 - Practice in Partnership 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on professional responsibilities and practices in early childhood programs in terms of management, leadership and advocacy;  
  2. Interpret the policy framework for early childhood services in Australia;  
  3. Evaluate effective leadership and management strategies for children's services; and  
  4. Analyse early childhood legal and ethical frameworks for evidence of strategies that promote diversity, equity and inclusivity.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Policy and framework analysis presented in a digital movie (equivalent to 900 words) 30%
Project Early childhood advocacy or activism project (equivalent to 900 words) 30%
Case Study A case study, reflection and analysis of leadership or mentoring in early childhood (equivalent to 1200 words) 40%
Total effective word limit 3000 words for the graded assessment.

Required reading

Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings. Inspiring people, places and practices
McCrea, NL 2015
Cambridge University Press, Australia.

Further links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

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