This module explores contemporary issues and perspectives on play, learning and pedagogy concerning ECEC. Drawing from a range of theoretical perspectives, learners will explore and analyse existing debates, emerging issues and current approaches, with the aim of developing critical and reflective thinking skills, enabling transformative practice within the early years sector.

When you have successfully completed this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically discuss contemporary approaches to play, learning and pedagogy
  • Analyse constructed and contested understandings of quality in early years provision
  • Locate analysis within the dominant discourses of globalisation and neo-liberalism
  • Discuss the policy context in which early education and care is constructed, supported and promoted, considering national, European and international policy
  • Consider new developments in the ECEC arena and the impact of this on practice
  • Critically analyse the debates and discussions arising through this module from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including poststructural standpoints
  • Explore alternative perspectives such as poststructural approaches that have the potential to underpin ethical and democratic practices within early childhood settings

(Dates subject to change)

Fee: €960 Non-EU: €1,070

Contact Information

Please select Postgrad CPD in Early Childhood Studies & Practice - CPC5 when making your online application.


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