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Connecting Communities in Early Childhood EducationWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101627.1


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
100308 - Collaborative Relationships

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students in this unit undertake a placement in a children’s service. Prior to enrolling in this unit students must have successfully completed an approved Child Protection Workshop and submitted a Prohibited Employment Declaration prior to 1 June 2010 or a Working with Children Check Student Declaration after 1 June 2010. Undergraduate students must have successfully completed 60 credit points.

About this Unit
In 2015 this unit replaced by 102103 Community Leadership. This unit increases students' understanding of the diverse, complex and changing nature of Australian families and communities and the role of early childhood services within the contemporary socio-cultural context. It also provides opportunities for students to develop critical approaches for working with families and communities within a context of the social, political and economic discourses in early childhood education. Through course work, field visits, reflexivity and research, students will collaborate with services in developing resources/projects suitable to the needs and focus of the service. The focus is on developing and refining effective communication and professional collaborative partnerships with families, staff and children. This unit includes ten days of field visits to an early childhood service.

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