Understanding Young Children's Learning and Development

EDU404

This course introduces students to socio-cultural theories of how young children learn and develop, including the importance of attachment and transitions. Students will also explore Te Whariki, 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 conception to six (6) years of age.

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    Level
    4
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    Credits
    20
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    Cost
    2025
    2024
    $0 NZ Domestic
    $1,092 NZ International
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    EFTS
    0.1667
  • Delivery type
    Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
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    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying

In addition, students will learn about socio-cultural assessment approaches to inform their planning and practice as kaiako in early childhood settings.  Students will be required to apply these requirements and concepts in their professional practice with young children.

Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how key socio-cultural theories of young children’s learning and development influence early childhood practice, with reference to ako and neuroscience beginning at conception.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the bicultural early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whāriki, and narrative assessment approaches for young children’s learning.
  • Use knowledge of social diversity, including Māori perspectives and Pacific approaches, to provide inclusive learning opportunities for infants, toddlers and young children.
  • Discuss the value of play and the role of the adult in fostering the learning of infants, toddlers and young children.
  • Observe, plan and provide and review enriching learning opportunities for an infant, toddler and young child.
  • Use te reo Maori me ona tikanga.

Assessment

This course is 100% internally assessed.

Textbooks

No textbooks are required for this course.

 

Computer and internet requirements

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

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate

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  •  
    Level
    4
  •  
    Credits
    20
  •  
    Cost
    2025
    2024
    $0 NZ Domestic
    $1,092 NZ International
  •  
    EFTS
    0.1667
  • Delivery type
    Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
  •  
    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying