Understanding Emergent Curriculum

Programme Introduction

Emergent curriculum is a method of providing an early childhood curriculum that responds to children’s interests and needs as they develop naturally in real time. 

The ‘Understanding Emergent Curriculum’ programme will enable the educator to understand what emergent curriculum is and how to implement this pedagogical strategy when working with babies, toddlers and pre-school children.  This includes the background to emergent curriculum and planning inquiry based activities for the under 3’s and for pre-school children.

The Resource Documents section contains printable handouts to support the programme content and a Certificate of Participation is saved to the educator profile on completion.


Programme Content

  • This component will give you a background of emergent curriculum and how it compliments curriculum and quality frameworks and prepare you for how this is linked to criteria for quality inspections
  • A practical activity includes a review of a Curriculum Statement using a sample template from the resources section.
  • Handout - sample curriculum statement
  • Identifies the key characteristics and sources of emergent curriculum
  • Common myths and misconceptions
  • A practical activity on the importance of 'local context' supports this component.
  • Handout: Emergent Curriculum
  • The cornerstones of emergent curriculum and how to implement these - includes a suppoting handout
  • handouts: 3 sample inquiry-based activities are provided in the resource section to support understanding of this component.
  • Planning emergent curriculum is viewed from the perspective of both 0-3's and pre-school children
  • Practical tips and reminders for planning for both age groups are highlighted
  • Handouts: 2 downloadable planning templates are included in the resources section.
  • The essential characteristics of a skilled educator are highlighted in this component.
Key Learning Outcomes

1. To develop and understanding of emergent curriculum- what it is and what it is not

2. To be aware of how the princples of emergent curriculum is linked to curriculum and quality frameworks

3. To understand the key components of emergent curriculum and to assess the presence of these components in current practice  

4. To implement a practical framework for planning for emergent skills and interests for babies, toddlers and young children

5. To recognise and develop the key role of the educator in providing inquiry based learning for young children.  

2.5 Hours


Presentation with video/audio

Easy to follow components

Downloadable reference documents

Test multiple choice questions

Certificate of Completion

Notes for the course

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