Early Childhood Education: Overview

Early Childhood – The period from birth to age eight during which children can grow, develop and learn. Sometimes used as an abbreviation for “Early Childhood Education” which most often refers to educational programs for children from birth to five years.
(Early Childhood Education Glossary, 2023)


This guide is intended to assist students who are studying early childhood education (ECE).  It provides access to a wide range of ECE resources, as well as information about referencing and developing academic skills.  
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Acknowledgement of Country

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Kulin Nation (Melbourne campuses), the Eora Nation (Sydney campus) and the Yulara/Yugarapul and Turrbal Nation (Brisbane campus) who are the traditional owners of University land. As we share our own knowledge practices within the University, may we pay respect to the deep knowledge embedded within the Aboriginal community and recognise their ownership of Country.

We acknowledge that the land on which we meet, learn, and share knowledge is a place of age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the Traditional Owners living culture and practices have a unique role in the life of this region. Learn more from our Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit.


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