Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will develop students' understanding and appreciation of play as a valuable pursuit in childhood and as a means of achieving optimal educational development. Students will be given the opportunity to observe, plan, teach and evaluate play frames and experiences in early childhood sites 0 - 5 yrs.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of play;

2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of theories of play;

3. Critically evaluate play materials and play environments;

4. Observe and identify the types of play children engage in;

5. Observe, plan, implement and evaluate a range of play experiences;

6. Recognise the emergent curriculum as an integral part of the planning process in early childhood.


This course contains:

  • play and learning praxis
  • classical, modern and contemporary theories of play
  • suitability and safety of play environments
  • the role of play materials in enabling children to explore their world
  • a variety of observation techniques and planning formats
  • curriculum approaches across early childhood

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students who have successfully completed 60 units including EDUC1045 or EDUC1048, and EDUC2744, and are active in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies program.

have completed 60 units

Assumed knowledge

have completed 60 units including EDUC1045 (or EDUC1048) and EDUC2744.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Articulate a pedagogical approach based on wide and critical engagement of literature of the field

Report: Showcase of Practice

Report: Professional Experience Report *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.
  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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