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EDE3103 Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Alice Brown


Pre-requisite: EDE2010 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH


The Melbourne Declaration (2008), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), early years' frameworks, and curriculum documents affirm the right for all children to have equitable opportunities to access quality early childhood education and care. Within these settings, the curriculum is the blue print for guiding educators in planning, supporting, teaching and assessing children’s learning. As professionals, it is imperative that pre-service early childhood educators have an awareness of key curriculum documents, frameworks and early childhood pedagogy, and the underpinning theory and research that informs these documents to make informed decisions on how best to support the learning potential of children. They also need to be equipped with the theory for how play can offer an integrative device for supporting children’s learning, and a strong understanding for the roles of the educator in the learning environment. As accountabilities around curriculum become significant, it is essential that the early childhood educator teaching in the early years can articulate how play supports the provision of high impact teaching and learning and curriculum delivery.

The course extends upon pre-service educator's understandings of the historical, contemporary and post-structuralist theory on play, and how this can impact on and inform practices for supporting children's agency, play, development and learning. The importance of the role of the educator is examined as pre-service early childhood educators explore age appropriate pedagogical skills and strategies to facilitate and scaffold meaning-making in children's play and the co-construction of appropriate learning environments. Pre-service educators will also investigate skills and strategies required for the facilitation and support of transitions for children through play. The course provides early childhood educators with the opportunity to develop understanding and awareness of key features and themes of early childhood curriculum, frameworks and approaches. Pre-service educators will examine factors that impact on curriculum decision making and their role in the learning environment.

A 15-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service educators should be able to:

  1. analyse and interpret the learning strengths and developmental capabilities of children at play (APST 1.2, 1.3);
  2. apply feedback from supervising teachers to the planning of age appropriate pedagogical strategies that support child agency, foundational literacy and numeracy learning, and holistic development through play (APST 1.1, 2.5, 3.3, 6.3);
  3. examine the role of the educator in planning for the scaffolding of play with children from diverse backgrounds and children with challenging behaviours (APST 1.3, 3.2, 4.3);
  4. co-construct learning environments, and organise activities and effective teaching and learning sequences through age appropriate and strategic play-based curriculum choices (APST 2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 4.2);
  5. examine and apply early years curriculum and frameworks in early childhood contexts as a strategy to evaluate the implementation of teaching programs to improve practice and to improve children’s involvement and learning (APST 2.1, 3.6);
  6. explain how intentional play facilitates positive behaviour and supports transitions for children and families across early learning contexts (APST 4.3, 7.3);
  7. demonstrate professionalism during pre-service teacher placements through observation, practice and assessment of pre-service teacher professional practice (1.5, 2.3, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Identifying the learning and development within play – research and practice 10.00
2. Implications for teaching - age appropriate pedagogical approaches to support children’s learning through play, including sustained learning over time 20.00
3. The role of the educator and the ongoing planning cycle to scaffold, interpret, organise and evaluate play in the learning environment; resources, teacher directed and child-led activities 30.00
4. Utilising feedback from supervising teachers regarding planning: the role of pedagogical conversations 10.00
5. Defining and reimagining early years’ curriculum, frameworks and guidelines 20.00
6. Investigating play as a support for positive behaviour and transitions for children and families across contexts 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Fleer, M 2017, Play in the early years, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

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Date printed 27 June 2022