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Documenting Learning and Portfolios for Young Children ESH347

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


This unit is designed to provide information about the value of implementing portfolios for young children in early childhood settings prior to formal school. Students will discuss and reflect on - What are children's portfolios? How can children's portfolios be best developed to support their learning and development? Whose voices should be visible in children's portfolios to promote their holistic development and why? Explorations focus on how portfolios can support curriculum development and planning for young children, from birth to five years, by making rich links to the national curriculum document, Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) (DEEWR, 2009). There is an emphasis on how portfolios can be implemented and designed including the five learning outcomes noted in the ELYF. The outcomes are: Children have a strong sense of identity; Children are connected with and contribute to their world; Children have a strong sense of wellbeing; Children are confident and involved learners; and Children are effective communicators (p. 3). This unit will help students recognise how these learning outcomes can be best supported through a socio-cultural approach to learning. By making learning visible greater insights into childrens learning styles, interests and capabilities will be gained. Students will also have the opportunity to show their preferred way of implementing and designing portfolios for young children in early childhood settings, and will be asked to provide a rich explanation and justification for this option.


Unit name Documenting Learning and Portfolios for Young Children
Unit code ESH347
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Bronwyn Reynolds
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the significance of documenting children’s learning and development using designed portfolios underpinned by the EYLF.
  • Develop shared understandings about involving children, families/carers and other professionals with documentation.
  • Create documentation that demonstrates children’s learning and development.
  • Evaluate documentation for children’s learning and development.
  • Generate a plan for children’s future learning and development.
  • Locate, organise and present information in a scholarly manner, including the use of APA referencing

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.





AssessmentDiscussion Posts (online) (10%)|Essay (40%)|Portfolio (50%)
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