Details for Praxis and Pedagogy of Play

It is essential for all early childhood teachers to have deep knowledge and understanding of the significance of the role of play in children’s learning and development. This unit provides a comprehensive analysis of the theories of play and play-based pedagogies and of relevant research that is indicative of the importance of play in early childhood education. Contemporary curriculum will be examined with particular emphasis on relevant approved learning frameworks and curriculum documents. Teacher Education Students (TES) will be introduced to a wide range of assessment and reporting techniques including documentation to enhance planning for learning. The aim of this unit is to build TES’ knowledge of pedagogical practices in the early years and build capacity to transfer this knowledge into practice.


In this subject, TES undertake a professional experience EXP214 Professional Experience in an early childhood service which will enable the connection between theory and practice to be critically examined.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU214
  • Credit points: 10


Pre-requisites EDU101 Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching or 40 credit points

Co-requisites EXP214 Professional Experience

Awards offering Praxis and Pedagogy of Play

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate understanding of the historical and contemporary understandings of childhood, learning and pedagogy.
  2. Examine the theoretical influences on early childhood pedagogies and practices in relation to play.
  3. Examine the characteristics of children’s play and identify how children learn and develop through play, the role of the teacher in supporting and encouraging children’s play and inquiry in inside and outside learning environments.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and use of a range of assessment techniques that enhance planning for learning and foster engagement of both children and families in learning.
  5. Investigate and develop play-based experiences and environments to support children’s learning and development across a range of developmental domains, curriculum areas, contexts and age levels.
  6. Analyse characteristics of children’s learning environments such as use of space and resources and identify how these aspects influence children’s learning.

Subject Content

  • Impact on teaching and learning practices
  • Definitions of play
  • Types of play
  • Indoor and outdoor play experiences
  • Assessment, documentation, and reporting practices
  • Play and the role of intentional teaching
  • Engaging children in play

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)

Note: This subject involves mandatory professional experience EXP214 Professional Experience in an early childhood service

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (30%)
  • Project (20%)
  • Individual Case Study (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references