Course Title: Play Based Learning (Birth to 8 Years)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Play Based Learning (Birth to 8 Years)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: 3 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora 220.03

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will investigate the intrinsic nature of play in the lives of young children. You will engage with theoretical perspectives and research underpinning current developments in curriculum design in early childhood settings and schools. Importantly, you will explore how play based curriculum sits within both national and state curriculum documents. Particular emphasis will be placed on using observation as a tool for assessment and planning for children’s learning in play based curriculum. Techniques of documenting this learning will be explained. The links between play-space design and the provision of loose natural materials with high affordances for play will be investigated.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe play based learning as it applies to early childhood and school settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of planning for play based learning in a range of settings by facilitating play spaces with high affordances for play
  • Analyse and critique the theoretical perspectives underpinning curriculum documents
  • Articulate the importance of play in the lives of children
  • Apply knowledge of play based learning within important curriculum documents

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational settings.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: