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Early childhood educators are required to demonstrate an understanding of children’s learning and development based on relevant theories and to plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences which are consistent with Te Whäriki. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the professional attributes and behaviours expected of an early childhood educator working in a range of early childhood settings.
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.
If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us
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.
There are two assessments which cover all four modules of learning.