The Big Picture (4th ed)


By Karen Kearns

The big picture (4th ed.) is written to support training delivery in CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. It provides students with a practical introduction to working in a children’s service environment, whilst helping to bridge the gap between theory and best practice.

It is designed to address the relevant units of competency in a holistic and integrated way while covering the skills and knowledge students need to be deemed competent in this qualification.

The text also examines the personal and professional skills needed to be an effective early childhood educator. Students are introduced to the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics and the challenges faced by educators when working with families and children.

In addition, Kearn’s emphasises the importance of knowing the traditional domains of early education and development, and links them to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS).

The big picture (4th ed.) is a highly visual and engaging text for students, or anyone wanting to undertake study in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Winner – 2017 Australian Publishers Association EPAA Teaching and Learning Resource, TAFE & Vocational Education

The judges said:
“A wide range of pedagogical elements encourage students to reflect on their learning and consider the connection between real-world theory and context. Perfectly designed to engage the early childhood market, with strong links to industry standards to support the transition to practice. Alive, bright and fun – all you would expect of a resource in this market.”

New to edition

  • Updated throughout with the latest research, content, trends and industry benchmarks
  • Now covers units CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety and CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • New and revised tables, images and artwork to further enhance student comprehension
  • Content links back to Standards and Elements of the National Quality Standards
  • New Scenario boxes help students reflect upon certain situations and how they would handle them in a real world environment
  • New Consider This boxes cover topics student’s should consider in certain situations
  • New In Practice boxes show link between theoretical concepts and how it applies in a child care setting
  • New CourseMate Express for the student, including additional activities, student quizzes, flashcards, cases and more
  • Robust Instructor Support resources including detailed mapping to competency, in-text solutions, test bank, customisable PowerPoint slides and more.

About the author

Karen Kearns M. Ed. (EC), B. Ed. (EC), Grad. Dip. Ed. (Spec. Ed) Dip. Teach (EC), Cert. IV Training and Assessment. Karen is an early childhood professional and CEO of International Child Care college. Karen believes that being an educator/teacher in early childhood settings is both challenging and rewarding. A long-time advocate for educators, Karen is passionate about the importance of supporting educators in their critical role with young children and families.

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Weight 1.08 kg
Dimensions 27.5 × 21 × 2.5 cm







Cengage Learning Australia

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