EED110 Child Development: The Early Years (8)


In this subject students will use the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), with specific reference to the five learning outcomes for children from birth to 5 years, and apply these through the lens of child development. The subject includes examination of prenatal, brain, physical, cognitive, language, psychosocial, and moral development, in infants, toddlers and pre-school children. Theories of development, current research, methods of observation, recording, and reporting, and experiences with children will be used to extend understanding of children’s growth and development and demonstrate knowledge

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Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalDubbo Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED110
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to consider how developmental aspects (attachment, trust, relationships (family, peer, carer), and moral development) are observed in young children;
  • be able to reflect on how in practice, children connect with others through language, their own sensory and perceptual development, and experiences in their environment;
  • understands how cognitive and physical development contribute to a child's physical health, feelings of happiness, resilience, self-help, and successful social functioning;
  • understand how to best support and encourage a child to explore, experiment, collaborate, and problem solve in an active learning environment;
  • understand the various ways that infants, toddlers, and young children communicate including gestures, sounds, language, and assisted communication; and through a range of modes such as music, movement, visual arts, media and drama, talking, listening, viewing, reading, and writing;
  • understand the biological foundations of childhood including genetics and prenatal development, students will consider the impact these aspects have on the development of a child.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Biological foundations - prenatal development and genetics
  • Major developmental theories
  • Early speech and language development
  • Attachment, temperament, identity and security
  • Cognitive development
  • Psychosocial development
  • Family, peer, and carer influences
  • Methods of observation, recording, and documentation


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.