Singapore University of Social Sciences

Play and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (儿童游戏与探究活动) (ECC205)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed


Play is the primary means by which children understand, discover their immediate environment and make sense of the fast-changing world. Many play research have clearly demonstrated the value and significance of play in children’s holistic development, such as play can enhance the child’s growth in the physical, cognitive, language, creativity, social and character domains.The course will look at the various play and inquiry-based learning activities in pre-school curriculum. Students will also learn how to facilitate children to nurture inquiry-based learning through play.In addition, the role that culture has in mediating play and the challenges in creating time and curriculum for play opportunities will be discussed. Students will also examine the dynamics of teacher-child interaction during play as well as parental expectations about play, in the Singapore context.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • The nature of play
  • Meaning of play
  • Play and child development
  • The disparity towards play
  • Observations of play
  • Play and inquiry in early childhood education
  • The role of the teachers and other adults in inquiry based learning
  • Inquiry- based learning in project approach
  • Make believe play-value and role of symbolic play
  • Adults’ expectations of play
  • Making provision for all areas of the curriculum in Play
  • Current research findings in play and inquiry- based learning

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the stages of play development
  • Indicate the types of play and interpret their functions on development
  • Discuss theories of play
  • Develop and document children’s play
  • Examine the quality of play activities and scaffolding strategies
  • Analyse the value of play and relate it to parents and others
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