The Infant Series: Making it the best we can for our Youngest Citizens (Three Part Series) Session Two

The Infant Series: Making it the best we can for our Youngest Citizens (Three Part Series) Session Two

Session 2: What does the day of play and learning look like for an infant in the nursery? Reimaging curriculum

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Session 2: What does the day of play and learning look like for an infant in the nursery? Reimaging curriculum

There can be a struggle to identify what a curriculum is in an early childhood centre. The struggle is even greater when we start to think about it in terms of infants. The National Quality Standards asks that we plan a curriculum that is informed by an approved learning framework. For many people, what they read into this statement is to plan a set of activities linked to learning outcomes, and this is where the challenge begins. A push down curriculum from an older age group onto a group of infants may present itself with a room full of ‘things’ which infants should engage in, at which point educators take observations or photos and then link these to the EYLF outcomes. However, this need not be the case. There is an alternative and in this session, we will be exploring the following:

  •  What does a curriculum look like for infants?
  • How can we plan for the unexpected and what is the role of documentation when it comes to an infant room?
  • What is worth teaching children and exploring with infants in the daily program

 After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the components of an effective curriculum for infants, including intentional teaching and spontaneous teaching moments
  • Work with colleagues to formulate an effective infant curriculum that responds to identified learning needs
  • Appraise the value and appropriateness of teaching and learning experiences for infants 
  • Describe the purpose and function of documentation with a specific focus on infants

 The Australian Professional Teaching Standards

NSW: Completing this course – What Does the Day of Play and Learning Look Like for an Infant in the Nursery will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: APTS 6.3.2 & 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Other States: Completing this course What Does the Day of Play and Learning Look Like for an Infant in the Nursery (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 6.3.2 & 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.

  • APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice
  • APTS 6.4.2: Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs

The National Quality Standard

This course aligns with:

  • QA 1.1: The educational program enhances each child’s learning and development
  • QA 1.2: Educators facilitate and extend each child’s learning and development
  • QA 1.3: Educators and co-ordinators take a planned and reflective approach to implementing the program for each child
  • QA 6.2: Collaborative partnerships enhance children’s inclusion, learning and wellbeing