Foundations of Child Development

Course code EDUC1055
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Examines development from conception through to infancy and early childhood to age twelve. Students develop an understanding of developmental concepts, principles and processes and various theoretical perspectives relating to child development, and the implications for early childhood education. Particular attention is paid to critical engagement with research and theory within the Australian socio-cultural context.



  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches to different domains of development, including language development and learning

2. Explain how these relate to children's learning and how to support children's wellbeing and health, emotional and social learning and lives

3. Observe, document, implement and review in order to assess and reflect on children's learning for planning within early childhood settings

4. Apply knowledge of the relationship between theory, children's learning, documentation for learning and intentional teaching


This course contains:
1. theories of learning, children's emotional and social learning and lives
2. children's thinking, children's language acquisition
3. documentation for learning in early childhood setting
4. intentional teaching / learning
engagement with research
5. reading and understanding child development and learning theory literature
6. applying child development and learning theory literature to analysis of documentation and to practice

This course contains 5 days professional experience in an early childhood setting


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching(Primary) / Bachelor Early Childhood Studies and associated programs.

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Report: Reports

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.
  • Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
  • Working with Children and Young Adults Check - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

5 days Professional Experience


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks