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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Develop a broad and critical understanding of how children develop and learn from conception through the first eight years of life.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Sheila Nutkins

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either ED2044 From Learning to Teaching (Passed) or ED2055 From Learning to Teaching (Passed)
  • MA (Hons) Education (Studied)
  • Either ED2512 Learning and Teaching in and Through the Curriculum (Passed) or ED2555 Learning and Teaching in and Through the Curriculum (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course provides students with up-to-date knowledge and understanding, based on recent research, of the factors that impact upon children’s development and learning and how this can, and should, inform practice in early childhood education and care.

It explores aspects of child development and how each impacts on learning. It covers a range of theories including those relating to: brain development, language acquisition, attachment theory.  Students will critical analyse early childhood education and care (ECEC) including a detailed study of at least one eg Reggio. Students are supported in the development of a range of observational techniques and methods of interaction.

This course will provide an opportunity to demonstrate and apply broad and critical understanding of professional practice during a four week placement in an early/first level school setting.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only available to students who have registered for the MA (Hons) Education.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • MA (Hons) Education

Contact Teaching Time

46 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Individual presentation demonstrating theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of ECEC, supported by a student self-evaluation of practice. (15/20 mins) The presentation will take place following placement (100%) Resit: A resubmission of the initial presentation assessed against all critieria.

Formative Assessment

Formative feedback is enabled through an organised peer assessment opportunity. Formative assessment of professional practice will be carried out in partnership with school based colleagues.


Student presentations are videoed and students are encouraged to self-evaluate and review against written feedback from tutors. Students will receive ongoing formative feedback during the early/first level school experience placement.

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