Creating Learning Experiences that Sustain Progress

MQF Level: 3

Contact Hours: 20

Self Study Hours: 48

Assessment Hours: 36


Module Description

Course Participants will be taught how to liaise with Childcare Educators to plan, develop and facilitate learning experiences that support and promote each child’s physical, language, emotional, cognitive, social and creative development as determined by the stage of development of children. Participants are taught how to evaluate, assess, and respond to children’s interests, participation, and engagement during the different learning experiences.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a. Sustain a positive learning environment for children, where play becomes the central medium through which all learning experiences are facilitated;
b. Help in the processes of observing, planning, developing, and facilitating learning experiences that respond to the children’s interests, strengths and abilities while developing children’s physical, language, emotional, cognitive, social, and creative development.


a. Name different types of play which support children’s active participation in different learning experiences;
b. Use the physical environment and resources to sustain child development;
c. Describe a range of authentic assessment practices that capture and respond to children’s progress;
d. Communicate effectively with the centre’s management and parents regarding their child’s development;
e. Use the Malta Learning Outcomes Framework (2015) as a basis for curricular planning.


a. Develop learning experiences in line with the learning outcomes as outlined in the Malta Learning Outcomes Framework (2015);
b. Liaise with the Childcare Educator to plan, develop, and facilitate play-based pedagogy which stimulates children’s creativity, encourages communication, and allows children to be active participants in their learning process;
c. Use children’s everyday physical routines (e.g. feeding) as a learning opportunity to practice key executive functions;
d. Use every opportunity during play and care routines to model proper language usage of both Maltese and English;
e. Use of indoor and outdoor resources to stimulate and extend children’s learning;
f. Assist the Childcare Educator to observe, record and evaluate children’s development;
g. Provide regular feedback to parents on the progress and development of their child.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts an online approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Research Assingment and Online Tasks/Reflections.

Suggested Readings

Supplementary Reading List

1. Ministry for Education and Employment [MEDE] (2015). A Language Policy for the Early Years in Malta and Gozo.

2. McKay, A. (2020). The ultimate toddler activity guide: Fun and educational toddler activities to do at home or preschool.

3. D. Driskill B.A. J.D (2015) Lesson Plans for Little Ones: Activities for Children Ages Six Months to Three Years.

4. Backer, B. (2003). The weekly curriculum: 52 complete preschool themes. Gryphon House.

5. Schiller, P. B., Schiller, P., & Hastings, K. (1998). The complete resource book: An early childhood curriculum: Over 2000 activities and ideas! Gryphon House.

6. Ministry for Education and Employment [MEDE] (2012). A national curriculum framework for all [NCF]. Gzira, Malta: Salesian Press.

7. Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education [DQSE]. (2015). Educators’ Guide for Pedagogy and Assessment using a learning outcomes approach. Malta, Ministry for Education and Employment.

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