Engaging Young Learners - Growing, Playing, Talking and Learning (X6602)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

On this module you will examine the pedagogical approaches to learning in the Early Years, before exploring common nursery philosophies found in contemporary Britain. You’ll also look at the influence of these on the modern Foundation Stage Curriculum.

You will analyse the debate around play-based learning versus more formalised learning.

Finally you’ll examine practitioner tools to support the pedagogical approaches discussed in the module, including the use of provocations, shared sustained thinking, the characteristics for effective learning and emotional wellbeing.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: