Laying the Foundations is an eLearning course that provides an overview of early childhood learning and development from 0-8 years, with a clear focus on the dynamic interaction between child health, learning, development and wellbeing.
Laying the Foundations aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.
The content of the course is informed by the science of early brain development, current research and practice-based evidence; and provides multiple interactive learning opportunities with current information and resources about young children and their families. Multi-media elements, case studies, guided discussion points and skills-based activities are embedded throughout the modules. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their practice, and review how they support children and families through practice questions and exercises.
Laying the Foundations consists of five modules. Each module takes between 20-40 minutes to complete with access provided for 12 months. A bookmark feature allows you to save and exit a module as needed and return where you left off.
The five modules are:
- Module 1: Introduction to child learning and development – current perspectives on child health, learning, development and wellbeing.
- Module 2: More about child learning and development – Factors that impact on child health, learning, development and wellbeing, and parent wellbeing and family functioning.
- Module 3: Prenatal to three years – becoming curious about people and the world around them.
- Module 4: Three to five years – participating in an expanding social world.
- Module 5: Five to eight years - towards greater independence.
Laying the Foundations aligns with current early years quality frameworks, comprising:
- National Quality Standard and Framework
- Principles, practice and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
- Framework for School
The Laying the Foundations eLearning course will provide you with an overview of early childhood learning and development (0-8 years) with a clear focus on the dynamic interaction between child health, learning, development and wellbeing. In completing the five modules, you will understand current perspectives and key principles underpinning child health, learning, development and wellbeing. Risk and protective factors are reflected on before different developmental perspectives are explored across antenatal to three years; three to five years; and five to eight years.
By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Laying the Foundations
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