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Child’s Play! This course offers an introduction into the world of play and children’s development for people interested in Psychology and Child development. The course looks at the different areas of development and how play is able to support and encourage development. This course explores different stages and types of play as well as different theories of play.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who is interested in discovering more about the importance of play in child development. This course is useful for those who wish to pursue a career in child care, or for those who have young children and want to gain a better understanding of how their child can develop through play. This course is open to all and no prior knowledge is assumed. This course also paves the way to further study at Cardiff University.
Learning and Teaching
- Introduction to the course- What is play. Assessment guide
- Different areas and theories of child development
- Stages of play
- Types of play
- How to support child development through play
The emphasis of this course is on active learning. There will be seminar presentations, group workshops, lectures and classroom debates.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Readings will be provided by the tutor.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.