Level 3 Child Development

3ECD
Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

In Early Childhood Development, this course focuses on child development, developing reciprocal relationships, the value of play and providing a safe environment for young children. Students will also develop knowledge of related services and centres, effective communication with family/whanau, young children and with those involved in the care of young children.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

Develop these skills:Explore this content:
  • Effective communication skills- paraphrasing, reflecting, questioning.
  • The development of young children considering milestones, dimensions of development, patterns of learning and the factors that impact a child’s development. Investigate the variety of services and centres in Early childhood.
  • Adaptability, initiative and creativity in dealing with the changing needs of young children.
  • Develop Responsive and Reciprocal Relationships with young children and how to keep them safe in an ECE environment through theory and a four day placement in a centre. 
  • Safe Practice skills- auditory and visual scanning, positioning, modelling, prompting and guiding.
  • The importance of Play in a child’s learning and development including their need to interact with peers, adults and the environment. Creating resources to use in a centre.
  • The skills of facilitating, scaffolding, negotiating and responding in developing reciprocal relationships.
  • Develop knowledge of whānau diversity using effective communication strategies with whānau and describing strategies that promote an awareness of, and respect for, cultural diversity in an ECE service. 


Year Levels/Departments:

Child Development, Seniors



Resources Required

2B5 exercise book