You will discover the world of children in the early years. Though child development patterns are reasonably universal, every child is unique, has individual potential and will learn differently from their peers.
By exploring many aspects of child development and learning you will gain insight into how to support infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers during this critical stage of life.
What will I learn?
The stages of child development from birth to five years and some important milestones
The different domains in which children develop, and how care givers can support the development in each domain
Laws and regulations that guide the care and education of children in Australia and internationally
The belonging, being and becoming framework for understanding children’s developmental needs
How children’s brains develop, and the importance of interactions with care givers in this process
The importance of play in child development and learning
The concepts of attachment and reciprocity, and their importance in early childhood education
Why taking risks is a essential part of children’s learning and development
Positive forms of behaviour guidance, especially for toddlers
This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.
If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.
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MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.