Childhood development and learning (under 3's)


This module is rooted in an ecological perspective on childhood development, learning and functioning and is influenced by the 'science of early childhood'.The learner will explore contemporary research in relation to human brain development in particular in the first 3 years with particular emphasis on language development. A critical perspective considers the child as an individual within their life systems, emphasising the environment and interpersonal-relationships as key to childhood development. The module explores the child's everyday life in relation to the family, pre-school, and the community.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the ways in which children learn and develop from birth in the context of families and communities.

  2. Outline the relationships between the biology, context/culture and learning.

  3. Describe theories of learning and child development to children under 3 years of age.

  4. Analyse theories of learning and language development and how they inform practice in ECEC settings.

  5. Plan for holistic learning, implementation and evaluation of appropriate early childhood education experiences and to describe the effectiveness of these experiences with parents and colleagues.

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