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EDCR202 People Under Three

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A critical examination of how curriculum is constructed for very young learners in early childhood settings.

This paper will engage students in a critical analysis of various approaches to curriculum for these very young learners. It will encourage students to examine their image of infants and explore what makes an optimal learning environment for people under the age of three in inclusive settings. Students will explore issues associated with ensuring the health and well-being of both these young children and the adults who work with them in early childhood settings.

Paper title People Under Three
Paper code EDCR202
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $863.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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(18 EDUC points or 108 points) and (EICT 198 or EICT 199) and (ELIT 198 or ELIT 199) and (EMAT 197 or EMAT 198)
EDUE 202
Limited to
BEdSt, BTchg
(i) With approval from the Dean of the College of Education, the EICT and ELIT prerequisites may be waived for students with equivalent passes. (ii) Early Childhood Education students only.
This paper is for Early Childhood Education students only.

Dr Sonya Gaches (

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Sonya Gaches
Other staff: Mary O'Rourke (Southland)

Paper Structure
  • Images of the infant/toddler
  • Images of the infant/toddler teacher - the caring, respectful teacher
  • Brain research - evidence and critique
  • Curriculum approaches - empowering the very young learner in inclusive settings:
    • Te Whāriki
    • Bicultural perspectives
    • Cultural diversity
    • Early intervention
  • Assessment and Pedagogy for very young children
  • Transitions
  • Environments
  • Health and well-being of infants and toddlers - immunisation, nutrition, childhood illness, safety issues
  • Health and well-being of the infant/toddler teacher
  • Current theory and research on the education and care of infant and toddlers in early childhood settings
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught on the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses.
  • Clark, B. & Grey, A. Ata Kitea te Pae - Scanning the Horizon, Auckland: Pearson
  • May, H. (2013) The Discovery of Early Childhood (2nd edition), Auckland: Auckland University Press.
  • Grey, A. & Clark, B. (2013), Nga hurihanga Ako Kohungahunga - Transformative Teaching Practices in Early Childhood Education, Auckland: Pearson
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:
  1. analyse a range of approaches to curriculum for people under three.
  2. explore assessment and pedagogical practices which create appropriate and inclusive learning opportunities for people under three.
  3. critically evaluate optimal environments for infant and toddler learning.
  4. examine health and safety issues associated with the teaching of infants and toddlers in early childhood settings.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 9-12, 20-22

First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 9-12, 20-22