This introductory course provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding for studying successfully at level 4 and familiarises students with the licensing criteria and philosophies for early childhood services. Students also learn about Mäori as tangata whenua and the cultural heritage of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and engage with this in the context of the bicultural underpinnings of the Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whäriki. This course is made up of four modules:
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- Module 1 Introduction to early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Module 2 Early childhood environments
- Module 3 Interpersonal communication
- Module 4 Bicultural practice
Module One: Introduction to early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand
This module is founded on the Te Whäriki principle of holistic development. Students will:
- Discuss the history, goals, structure and philosophy of a particular service and explain how licensing criteria is implemented for this early childhood service.
- Write clearly concisely and accurately for a particular purpose.
Module Two: Early childhood environments
- This module is founded on the Te Whäriki principle of empowerment. Students will:
- Discuss environments (interpersonal, temporal and physical) which support and nurture children’s physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.
- Describe positive guidance strategies which foster prosocial behaviours.
Module Three: Interpersonal communication
This module is founded on the Te Whäriki principle of relationships. Students will:
- Establish and maintain positive, reciprocal relationships with children, parents and whanau.
- Explain the underpinning principles of effective partnerships.
Module Four: Bicultural practice
This module is founded on the Te Whäriki principle of family and community. Students will:
- Explain the importance of Mäori as tangata whenua and outline bicultural practices within the early childhood setting.
- Apply the principle of inclusive practice to case study scenarios.
100% internally assessed
There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.