Play-Based Learning and Curriculum Development

***New Course – Launching 8th September***

This course has been designed with children and the childcare practitioner at the forefront of our minds. Coming from a background of child development and wanting to see our children and young people succeed in all they do, it is vital that we are providing the right care and education at this most pivotal time in their lives.

The course will run over 4 weeks, for one evening per week.

Please contact us for group bookings at your location.

Cost for individuals €160 ***installment options available (please contact us for group bookings)

Objectives & Goals

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what Early Childhood Education is.
  • Acknowledge children’s rights in relation to play, learning and development.
  • Demonstrate the importance of play.
  • Relate to and understand the term ‘nurturing pedagogy’.
  • Know how to support children in learning through play.
  • Acknowledge learning theories and their role in child development.
  • Understand and use various aspects of early childhood curriculum.
  • Link Siolta, Aistear, curriculum, and pedagogy for positive outcomes in early childhood education.
  • Show competence in curriculum design & implementation that is both balanced & inclusive for all children, including those with complex needs.
  • Devise a range of activities that incorporate all learning styles.
  • Promote a positive and nurturing learning environment.

Module 1 – Early Childhood Education

  • What is it?
  • Children’s rights to education
    • Rights to learning & development opportunities.
  • Why is it so important?
    • Look at equity vs equality – what’s the difference.
    • Look at diversity & inclusion.
    • Look at inclusive vs integrative – what’s the difference
  • The balance of care & education in early years
  • Laws & regulations re ECE
  • What is pedagogy?
    • Nurturing pedagogy – children’s motivation, confidence, perseverance, feelings – promotes communication, thinking & problem-solving skills.
  • How can we support this?
    • Encourage playful interactions & behaviours; explorations; conversations; collaborative learning.
    • Observations, reflect on and interpret words/actions.
    • Planning & future learning
    • Quality of interactions with the adults and the impact they have on children.
  • Whole child approach

Module 2 – Early Childhood Curricular

  • What is it?
  • Themes
    • Health & Physical
    • Emotional
    • Social Competence
    • Positive Approach
    • Communication Skills
    • Cognition
    • General Knowledge
  • Styles/types
    • Montessori
    • Reggio Emelia
    • Forest Schools
    • High Scope
    • Steiner Waldorf
  • Aistear – links to each – Wellbeing; Identity & Belonging; Communications; Exploring & Thinking.
  • Siolta

Module 3 – Curriculum Design

  • Balance of activities
  • Aims & Objectives
    • Planning – daily; weekly; monthly; annual.
    • Involving children – why?
    • Involving Parents – why?
  • How can we ensure equality, diversity & inclusion?
    • Learning styles
    • Role of play
    • What can we do to encourage play?
    • Emerging interests

Module 4 – Theories & Creating Activities

  • Learning Theory – overview
    • Classical – Pavlov
    • Operant – Skinner
    • Social – Bandura
    • Ecological – Bronfenbrenner
    • Cognitive – Piaget
  • Types of activities
    • Solitary
    • Parallel
    • Co-Operative
    • Associative
    • Transitional
    • Spontaneous
    • Sensory
  • Activities to link to Aistear

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