Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Children's Development and Learning
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  2,100 words  70%
Semester Assessment Essay  900 words  30%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  2,100 words  70%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  900 words  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. ​Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of children’s development and learning

2. Understand the impact of adults and the environment on children’s development and learning

3. Reflect upon and evaluate children’s development and learning in practice.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the methods of child study, child-care practices and developmental psychology and relates these to a practical context of working with young children. Students will consider the main principles of children’s development and think about specific additional learning needs. They will consider the impact of the environment on children’s development and learning, as well as reflecting on the importance of monitoring, reviewing and evaluating children’s development and their own practices. As part of the module, students will undertake 50 hours of placement in an early years setting.


Lectures and seminars will be based on the following:

Key Principles and Concepts (Physical and psychological development)

Developmental Psychology, theories of development and attachment

Additional learning needs

The Foundation Phase

The impact of the environment on children’s learning

The role of adults

Meeting the needs of all children

Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating development and practices

Weeks 9 and 10 – students will undertake placements (50 hours in total). Throughout the seminar sessions, students will be supported in finding and organising placements.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during seminar tasks and the portfolio encourage improved performance.
Information Technology Written assignments will be word-processed and students will be using ICT to research
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to reflect upon and evaluate their skills
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment
Research skills Research is required for the main assessments and will be for the seminar tasks.
Subject Specific Skills Students will be challenged and encouraged to develop a range of professional skills
Team work Team work, in form of key professional behaviors and interdisciplinary working procedures, will be an important skill that will be developed throughout


This module is at CQFW Level 4