EPT124 Play and Learning (8)

In this subject, students will learn theories of play and their value for young children's learning. An embedded practical experience in an early childhood setting will enable students to observe, describe and reflect on the activity of children participating in play based programs, the role of the teacher in implementing and evaluating learning based on their understanding of individual children's interests and dispositions and the impact of physical spaces on play. Students will develop and implement play based learning experiences and evaluate their planned experience, suggesting ways to improve and extend the learning of children engaged with the activity.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT124. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EMC203 and EMC204.

Incompatible Subjects

EMC203, EMC204

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define the forms of play that young children engage with and explain how development and learning is supported by play;
  • be able to complete a series of journal entries that explore the role of the teacher in utilising play for learning in an early childhood setting;
  • be able to make detailed observations of children playing, recording the actions, interactions and responses of children and draw links between the observations and theories;
  • be able to plan activities for children in an early childhood setting, implement them and evaluate the response to the activity, and their role in supporting children's learning through the activity; and
  • be able to describe the use of space, materials and environment and discuss these aspects as elements that impact on children's learning.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The theories of play
  • Planning to support play
  • Play and technology
  • Understanding and observing play

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT124 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Learning journal
Commencement of professional e-portfolio
Observations and reflective task

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 6 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will be placed for six distributed days in an early childhood setting in a 2-5 age group room. They will have set tasks to do while in the centre, focussing on the content of the topic of the week, which will include planning and implementing learning activities. They will also work to support their supervisor in tasks that involve the normal routines of an early childhood setting. This may include reading to children, working with small groups of children, setting up equipment, observing childrens responses to activities. Students will be supervised at all times and will be assessed by their university subject coordinator.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.