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The Catholic school system in Australia is and has always been a critical and integral element of the Australian Catholic Church. As Australian society becomes increasingly diverse and pluralist, the place of religion within society must be acknowledged and appreciated in the context of the Catholic school, parish and Church. This unit is an introduction to Religious Education in Catholic early years primary school settings, with a focus on religious education in the early years of schooling. When considering effective religious education pedagogy in early years' settings, learning and teaching need to be informed by contemporary early childhood theory and practice, as well as the spiritual and religious development of young children.

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