Module One: Understanding children’s learning and development
· Outline basic concepts of socio-cultural theory, attachment theory and early brain development.
· List the special characteristics of infants, toddlers and young children and give examples for each characteristic.
Module Two: Child as learner
· Identify and apply three observation methods in documenting children’s learning and outline what learning is taking place.
· Describe the ways in which children make sense of their world through creativity, expression, thinking and technology.
Module Three: Working with Te Whäriki
· Explain the term ‘curriculum’ as it is used in Te Whäriki and discuss how the strands of contribution, communication and exploration are implemented within an early childhood setting.
· Identify a child’s interest and plan for and assess their learning.
Module Four: The professional context
· List articles of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child and explain their implications for practice.
· Describe ethical behaviours and attributes expected of an early childhood educator.