Pre-requisites: A first degree, Three years work experience in the field of early childhood education

Aims/Description: This module focuses on understanding how children learn, the nature of curriculum, and the relationship between official policy on curriculum and understandings about children's learning. Students will address the following: child development; curriculum development; learning in the earliest years; learning in group settings; national policies on curriculum and learning; teaching in early education; meeting the needs of individual children; theories of learning; assessment and children's learning; parental roles in children's learning; curriculum development.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Seminars at Residential Weekends, Self-directed study
Assessment: Coursework

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