Course

Early Childhood Theory and Practice: Te Kawa o te Whare Kohungahunga


Course code EDU302

This course introduces you to theories of how young children learn and develop, including the importance of attachment. 

You will also explore Te Whaariki, the bi-cultural early childhood curriculum in more depth and the value of children’s play, including the role of the adult in supporting meaningful play experiences for children from birth to six (6) years of age. In addition you will learn about observation techniques and how to plan, implement a plan and to evaluate it, with guidance, to foster children’s learning.

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 3  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
    2019 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Online/Print   
    2019 :  
    Online/Print   
  • 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
    2018 :  
    NZ students $485 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,000 + $60 annual administration fee
    2019 :  
    NZ students $485 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,000 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

Students who successfully complete this Early Childhood Theory and Practice course will be able to

  • Describe key theories of children’s learning and development, including attachment theory. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the bicultural early childhood curriculum framework Te Whaariki for children’s learning and development .
  • Discuss the value of play and the role of the adult in supporting meaningful play experiences for infants, toddlers and young children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of observation techniques to inform planning for diverse learners in an early childhood setting.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate a learning plan for an infant, toddler and young child.

Assessment

This course is 100% internally assessed

Textbooks

No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is online assisted. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.