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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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

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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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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