Details for Professional Experience

This 10 day Professional Experience (PEX) placement is in a different early childhood setting in which the Teacher Education Student (TES) will be working with children aged between birth and 35 months. The TES will be required to develop caring attachments with babies and professional relationships with parents and other educators. Additionally, TES will be required to observe babies, plan, and evaluate play-based learning experiences based on their theoretical studies, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and reflecting on their developing teaching skills. This placement aims to provide the TES with the skills to become a pedagogical leader in an early childhood education and care setting.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EXP112
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Philip Fitzsimmons


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Professional Experience

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Observe elements of the cultural, community and family contexts of children’s lives and their implications for curriculum and assessment
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the three organising principles of the EYLF - Being, Belonging and Becoming - for the development of positive and productive early childhood education and care centre environment;
  3. Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within the early childhood setting, programs and legislative requirements;
  4. Define a range of intentional teaching practices-including monitoring, planning and recording that engage children in learning appropriate to their interests, abilities and needs;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the realities of working in an early childhood setting context;
  6. Discriminate by observation and reflection the practices of professional educators.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Graduate Teacher Standard Descriptors and relevant learning frameworks in identifying professional learning needs;
  8. Support teams’ work within the centre’s communities of practice.

This course may be offered in the following formats

This subject involves mandatory professional experience in an early childhood service

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Observational Journal
  • Performance Review

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references