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EDE2010 Childhood, Play and Play-based Learning

Short Description: Play
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: EDC1400 or (ECF1100 and (EHF1100 or CMS1000 or EDC1200))
Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH or BEED

Other requisites

Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid Blue Card OR Exemption Card

Provided a blue card renewal application has been submitted at least 30 days before expiry of the current card, the blue card will remain active while the renewal application is processed (details available at

Blue Card Services cannot process a form dated more than 16 weeks prior to lodgement. In addition, a representative of USQ or a Justice of the Peace, must sight the applicant’s identification documents and check the information on the form, before signing and dating the USQ declaration (refer to

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to

If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to


This course considers theories of play and their relationship to theories of childhood derived from a range of disciplines. The course introduces the functions, meanings and significance of play in children's lives, and considers the ways that gender, social class and culture shape the everyday forms and functions of play. Emphasis will be given to the role of play in early development, reasoning and communication; the cultural organization of play; the potential of play for enhancing learning, creativity, curiosity and inquiry; and the implications of play for children's participation in and contribution to the relationships and cultures of which they are part. Pre-service educators will be introduced to principles of pedagogy and curriculum that underpin the design of learning activities and environments that are conducive to child-initiated and adult-facilitated play and play-based learning.

A professional experience placement is attached to this course. Bachelor of Education (EC) pre-service educators will complete a 10 day professional experience. Pre service educators enrolled in the Bachelor of Early childhood (BECH) will complete an additional 10 days (20 days overall) to meet regulation requirements. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2020 External
Semester 2, 2020 External
Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 12 February 2021