1. Setting the scene 2. Children in the context of their families and communities 3. Thinking about children: Development and play 4. Reflective and evaluative practice 5. Developing philosophies 6. Understanding the setting 7. Curriculum approaches and pedagogies 8. Assessing and planning for children's learning 9. Relationships and interactions in children's learning 10. Learning environments 11. Journeys of change
Sue Dockett is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University. She has worked as an educator and academic in the field of early childhood for over 30 years. Much of her current research agenda is focused on educational transitions, particularly transitions to school and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. Her other research areas include children's play, participatory, rights-based research and researching with children. Leonie Arthur has worked in long day care, preschool and the early years of school. She currently works with undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Western Sydney in areas of early childhood curriculum and literacy. Her recent research has focused on effective pedagogies, practitioner research and literacy learning. Leonie was also one of the members of the CSU-led consortium that developed the Early Years Learning Framework. Bronwyn Beecher was formerly a lecturer in early childhood education in the School of Education, University of Western Sydney and currently manages the KU Early Language and Literacy Initiative. Her research examines family and community partnerships, strengthening pedagogical practice and children's literacy learning. Elizabeth Death is General Manager, Early Childhood Policy and Regulation for the Northern Territory Government Department of Education. She has worked within the early childhood profession for more than 30 years. Her experience spans directing and teaching in preschool and long day care settings, early intervention, lecturing at University of Western Sydney and Charles Sturt University, teaching at TAFE, consultancy and service group management across New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. Sue Farmer is an early childhood education consultant who currently coordinates an early childhood intervention service and promotes inclusion in early childhood settings. Sue has worked in a wide range of early childhood education and care settings and management positions since the mid-1970s. For many years she worked at the University of Western Sydney and more recently has taught within the TAFE system in the far North Coast Region of NSW. Her recent project work has focused on providing mentoring for documentation and programming in early childhood settings.