CHD8

Child Development Studies - NCEA Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Whaea L. Green

Do you want to know why people behave like they do, how to communicate with them, and manage them positively. This course offers valuable foundation standards for working with people in a wide range of occupations, not just Early Childhood Education: Social work, psychology, nursing, primary or secondary teaching. Students will study several dimensions of young children’s development with a particular focus on language. They will learn and apply strategies to manage children's behaviour positively and to communicate with children and their families/whanaufoster.

From foundation Unit Standards, interested and motivated students are able to choose the topics which are most relevant to their career pathway such as: communication with families, cultural diversity, the value of play, observation techniques, professional behaviour and ethical responsibilities, and knowledge and relevance of Te Tititi o Waitangi to ECE services. 

Working with children at an ECE service is required to complete this course.

Course Overview

Term 1
US 29864 Attachment
People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe and compare attachment theories and explain perspectives relevant to understanding attachment behaviours in an ECE service; recognise and describe interpersonal relationships and attachment patterns, and explain transitions in an ECE service.

Term 2
US 26708 Reciprocal and Responsive relationships
People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe strategies that help to develop relationships with children in an ECE service; use and evaluate strategies to develop respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships with a child in an ECE service

Term 3
US 10026 Learning and development of young children
People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the
dimensions and progressions of the development and learning
of children from birth to school entry age; describe
environmental factors that may influence the development and
learning of a child in an ECE service; describe the acquisition
and development of language and literacies in children.

US 29867 Diversity and Communication
People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of whānau/family diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand; describe strategies that promote awareness of, and respect for, cultural diversity in an ECE service; and use a range of effective communication strategies with diverse whānau/families in an ECE service.

Term 4
US 29867 continued
People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of whānau/family diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand; describe strategies that promote awareness of, and respect for, cultural diversity in an ECE service; and use a range of effective communication strategies with diverse whānau/families in an ECE service.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 12 Childcare or approval from the Teacher in Charge of Childcare

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 19 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 10026 v7
NZQA Info
Demonstrate knowledge of mokopuna/children's holistic development and learning in an early childhood setting
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 10

U.S. 26708 v5
NZQA Info
Describe respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships with mokopuna/children in an early childhood setting
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 10

U.S. 29864 v2
NZQA Info
Demonstrate knowledge of attachment theories, behaviours and transition support in an early childhood setting
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 11

U.S. 29867 v2
NZQA Info
Demonstrate knowledge of diverse whānau/families and use a range of effective communication strategies in an ECE service
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 10

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 19
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0