ECA Community of Practice – Play-based learning in Early Childhood

$1,173.88$1,056.49 Member Price

In this Community of Practice, you will understand what play and play-based learning are, what this looks like within a curriculum and the importance of play for children in the early years. You will have the opportunity to discover and explore different avenues of research and ideas to develop your understanding of play and play-based learning.

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What a Community of Practice includes
Each Community of Practice contains carefully curated professional learning resources to support and expand your knowledge base on the chosen topic area. Your engagement with the learning materials will foster deeper thinking and facilitate conversation about pedagogy and practice. Choosing to be part of a Community of Practice will take your learning experience to the next level.

Elements of Communities of Practice include:

·         professional learning materials

·         online learning modules/webinars

·         ECA publications

·         live events

·         an action research project

·         online forums through the ECA Learning Hub online portal.

Online courses and publications
You will have access to the following ECA Learning Hub courses and ECA publications within this Community of Practice.

Online courses:

  • ECA Learning Hub module: The value of play
  • ECA Learning Hub webinar: Play-based learning: Using the pedagogical play-framework
  • ECA Learning Hub module: Take me outside: An introduction to outdoor learning
  • ECA Learning Hub webcast: A good place to be a child: Creating effective early learning environments
  • ECA Learning Hub webcast: Engineering creativity: celebrating loose parts play for all ages


  • Facilitating and extending play-based learning by Leonie Arthur (from the ECA Everyday Learning Series)
  • Sensory play and learning by Melinda Miller (from the ECA Everyday Learning Series)
  • Risky play and the outdoors by Helen Little (from the ECA Everyday Learning Series)

Duration: 10 weeks

Orientation week: Monday 12 September – Friday 16 September 2022

Facilitated Community of Practice: Monday 19 September – Friday 11 November 2022

Moderation time:  Monday 14 November – Friday 25 November 2022

Live events:

  • Monday 19 September, 4.30 – 6.30 pm
  • Tuesday 4 October, 4.30 – 6.30 pm
  • Monday 17 October, 4.30 – 6.30 pm
  • Monday 7 November, 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Additional information

Course Duration

10 Weeks

Links to the National Quality Standard


Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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