Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care


This module will build on the previous module in that the content of an Early Childhood Education and Care programme is the curriculum and the way it is delivered as pedagogy (Mhic Mhathúna & Taylor 2012). This module will explore the term pedagogy and how it captures the multi-layered and dynamic practices necessary for children’s holistic development. The learner will explore a range of pedagogical approaches and critically evaluate practices that are enacted and some pedagogical perspectives held in ECEC. The module will reflect and identify how adults interact with children and how their values can have an impact on children’s learning experiences. The learner will reflect on pedagogical interactions and pedagogical framing.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate a comprehensive understanding of pedagogy as an interactive process that takes place between the Early Years Educator and the child enabling learning to take place.

  2. Define the term pedagogy and describe the integrated processes of caring, educating and learning alongside principles, theories and values that underpin daily work with young children in an ECEC setting.

  3. Understand pedagogical framing that supports children's learning and development.

  4. Describe and appraise the educator's pedagogical foundation to support a spirit of enquiry recognising the active participation of the child.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of reflective practice and ensure that pedagogical approaches develop and evolve to promote child learning and development.

  6. Demonstrate ability to reflect and assess practices in ECEC settings.

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