This unit emphasises the centrality of providing rich, quality Creative Arts experiences in early childhood settings. Working with young children from birth to five requires early childhood teachers to develop understandings, knowledge and skills in the Creative Arts. This unit of study explores the fundamental importance of the Arts in the ongoing development of young children's imagination and creativity. Through workshops, readings, observations and other activities, students will examine the theoretical underpinnings, research literature and practical knowledge required to help young children build on their innate love of music, movement, song, art, dance, picture books and drama. Excursions to art galleries, museums and children's theatre will also be considered. Students will also explore the need to work with parents and caregivers around the importance of arts experiences for young children. A focus on young children's engagement with the creative arts through their spontaneous play is an important feature of this unit.
4hrs x 9 wks
3000wd portfolio of Arts activities (40%), 1000wd Play-based arts experience plan (20%) and a 2000wd classroom presentation including rationale (40%)
Ewing, R. (ed.) (2012). The Creative Arts in the Lives of Young Children: Play, imagination, learning. Melbourne: ACER
24 credit points including EDMT5687Prohibitions
EDMT5555 or EDMT5551