EIB702 - The Inquiring Child: the Role of Play in Children's Learning


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2021 must be enrolled in course E761

Otherwise students must be enrolled in course E606 or E511


Students commencing course E761 in 2020 require 11 units: EEE754,
EEE755, EEE756, EPR761, ECE761, EPR712, EPR714, ECE703, ECE704, ECE705 and EPR715

Students commencing course E761 in 2021 or 2022 require 8 units:
EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPR761, ECE761, EPR712, EPR714, EPR781, EPR782 and ECE703

Otherwise NIL

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

In Person Attendance Requirements
Students who are completing professional experience (placements) are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchronous sessions during the placement.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study.

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous and asynchronous seminars and discussions in the unit site throughout the trimester.

In-person attendance requirements

Students who are completing professional experience (placements) are not required to attend lectures or scheduled synchronous sessions during the placement.


This unit may be undertaken alongside another unit that includes a placement, and we will endeavour to structure assessments and learning activities so that they do not occur during the placement periods.

Please advise your Unit Chair about any potential impacts your placement arrangements might have on timely assessment submission.


In this unit students will engage with deep critical analysis of play and inquiry in early years education.

Using an ecological model, they will analyse the role of play, relationships, environment and symbolic learning in children’s lives.

The unit will explore the connections between contemporary, research-based thinking on theories of play and inquiry practice in the early years, and teachers’ own pedagogical approaches and experiences.

Students will explore ways to support children to actively construct meaning from their interactions with their physical and social worlds. Through child-centred play experiences, children exercise choice, voice and ownership of their learning.

They build self-efficacy through being enabled to inquire into important concepts through their interests. Within this unit students will investigate ways to create engaging learning in indoor and outdoor learning environments that support children’s play, and to incorporate cross-curricula learning areas in their planning for play and inquiry.

Unit Fee Information

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