Play and Learning in Early Childhood (EDEC1004)


An in-depth knowledge and awareness of the nature and context of the play of infants, toddlers and young children is essential for early childhood educators. This unit enables students to observe and understand children's play and to provide a framework for planning developmentally appropriate play-based learning experiences. The pedagogy of play and the importance of planning for and establishing environments for children's learning is based on communication with families, children's interests, and observation of children's play behaviour which draws on a range of historical, social, developmental and learning theories. Therefore this unit will focus on the theoretical underpinnings of children's play and address the changing nature of play as children grow and develop. The familial, social and cultural contexts of play will be considered along with play in the natural environment and the use of a variety of resources including technology.

Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/wk and 1x2-hr tutorial/wk, for 12 weeks


2000wd essay (35%) and 2500wd report (40%) and workshop presentation with 1500wd report (25%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.