Children spend a considerable amount of their early years playing. It is through play that children begin to make sense of the world around them. In this unit, we will explore and experience the wonder and importance of learning through play by engaging in different types of play events. We will not only understand the significance play has in young children's lives, but also explore our own identity through play. This unit (ECE1001) will help students recognise the role of the environment in young children's lives and how we as teachers can leverage the environment to create sustainable play settings for children. We will delve into the teacher's role in play and how teachers can support, stimulate and facilitate children's thinking through play.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify learning opportunities in play;  
  2. Critically review the importance of play as a human activity and in early childhood;  
  3. Create sustainable environments for play;  
  4. Investigate the role of the teacher in play with particular emphasis on interactions with children and intentional teaching.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Create a visual diary of play representing your co-constructed understanding of identity. 20%
Assignment Analyse a play moment and the different approaches to provoke children’s thinking 30%
Project Create an environment for play using sustainable materials, and justify pedagogical approaches. 50%

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