EDEC345 Play in Learning Environments

Updated: 18 December 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in BEd(ECTeach) and for candidature in rule (a): 24cp of EDEC units including EDEC310; or BEd(PacFocus); or BTeach(ECE)
Co-requisites prior to 2019 for BEd(ECTeach) students: EDEC310
Restrictions None

Students enrolled in the BTeach(ECE) or BEd(ECT) require two professional field days with children in an ACECQA-approved early childhood education centre setting for purposes of assessment. This can be the student's current workplace.

Before entering the setting, all students must have completed online Anaphylaxis training, an online Child Protection module, and have obtained a valid Working with Children Check clearance (for those students wishing to complete their placement in NSW) or equivalent (for those students wishing to complete their placement outside NSW). Please see the Office for Professional Learning Important Information webpage for more information.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Jo Bird (jo.bird@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit consolidates knowledge of play and the environment as learning tools within early childhood education. There is a theoretical basis with an emphasis on confronting assumptions while planning and implementing educational experiences. Children's and adults' collaborative and individual roles within a play environment will be explored. The environment is critiqued in relation to its impact on children's learning. This unit includes two professional field experience days with young children in an early childhood setting.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Play in Early Childhood Education: Learning in Diverse Contexts

ISBN: 9780190303211
Ebbeck, M. and Waniganayake, M., Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Play in the Early Years

ISBN: 9781316631898
Fleer, M., Cambridge University Press 2nd ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 50% 2000
Assessment Notes

Written and Online tasks.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 2 50% 2000
Assessment Notes

Written and online tasks. Students must complete 2 days field experience.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. analyse the value of play and the environment as learning tools in early childhood professional practice with reference to contemporary theories;
  2. organise, prepare, implement and evaluate children's play in learning and development;
  3. examine the pedagogical role of the adult in children's play;
  4. advocate for play as a learning tool within the early childhood community; and
  5. demonstrate professional standards of communication and information literacy.