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Award in the Learning through Play Approach

Course will commence once the minimum capacity is reached

Educator: Directorate for Lifelong Learning
Course Offer: Self-Paced Course 
Course Duration: 100 Hours (completion by 31/05/2024)
Certification: Certificate MQF Level 2 (4 ECTS)
Prerequisites: Internet connection and a device, basic digital skills
Price: Euro 34.94


Course Description

This self-paced online course is designed to introduce course candidates to the Learning through Play approach, which is at the basis of current learning and teaching methods used in the early years especially at Childcare Level (ages 0 to 3) and at Kindergarten Level (ages 3 to 5). Its importance has been increasingly driven by current educational trends, such as, hands-on learning, inquiry-based learning, and the emergent curriculum.


Most importantly, the course highlights the benefits of the Learning through Play approach in the early years, including the fact that: it boosts learner motivation, it fosters learner positive attitude to learning, while it supports learners holistically, all of which have a positive impact on overall child development.


This course aims to offer an introduction to the practice of supporting children’s holistic development through play. The Learning Outcomes within this course cover contemporary advances available in research and practice and emphasise the competences required to successfully support children in the early years to develop.


The course is made up of 10 mutually reinforcing units. The self-paced course will commence from October 2023 onwards and once the required number of learners have enrolled. It offers 100 hours of self-paced learning, including instructional materials, online resources, lesson explanations, discussion forums, assignments, and recommended readings. Registration is open until 15 March 2024. Upon reaching the minimum number of participants, you will be notified. You will have until 31 May 2024 to complete the course at your own pace regardless of the commencement date.

Course Outline:

By the end of this course adult learners will be able to:

  • Name different types of play which support children’s active participation in different learning experiences
  • Outline the elements of learning experiences that sustain children’s progress
  • Use physical environment and resources to sustain child development
  • Determine and respond to children’s needs depending on the stage of their development
  • Describe how to create a positive environment which will support the development of young children
  • Identify experiences which constitute opportunities to implement the knowledge learned during the course.
  • Provide for a child’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and linguistic developmental needs
  • Develop play-based learning experiences which stimulate children’s holistic development, and which allow children to be active
  • Participate in the children’s learning process
  • Use every opportunity during play to support children in their holistic development
  • Use indoor and outdoor resources to stimulate and extend children’s learning.