Science in Early Childhood Education
A Sense of Wonder explores the possibilities for experiencing science in early childhood settings, together with practical ideas to inspire early childhood educators and pre-service students.
It outlines an early childhood science framework divided into the following four learning areas:
- Biological science
- Physical science
- Earth science
- Environmental science
Valuable connections are made from the areas of science to the 5 principles, 8 aspects of practice and 5 learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. The framework also includes the science learning areas identified in the Australian Curriculum for primary school: biological science; chemical science; Earth and space science; and, physical science.
During early childhood science learning, young children are seen as confident, capable, involved learners, eager to observe and explore the world around them. This can be supported by creating an inquiry approach within a play-based programme that promotes positive dispositions for science learning.
The information in this practical book is theory-based but written in a way that is easy to read. Each chapter includes carefully chosen images to make visual connections to play-based science learning and the EYLF to empower educators to confidently implement science with all age groups in early childhood settings.
Target Age: Early Years (1-5)