Early Childhood Professional Practice

Course code 4302

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.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 4  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
  • Workload

    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.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $472 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,419 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    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.


100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course