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This course utilizes a social ecological perspective as an overarching framework and introduces students to a number of theories as well as contemporary research on neurosciences and child development between 0-8 years. Major developmental milestones in the domains of physical, social and emotional, as well as cognitive and language development will be highlighted. The course places an emphasis on the whole child, directing students to appreciate how different domains of child development may affect one another. The course also emphasizes how theory and research can be used to inform teaching practices. Students will be introduced to common methods of assessment and observation. Students will be encouraged to apply theory and research on child development and cognitive neuroscience, paying particular attention to addressing diversity and ensuring inclusivity, factors that influence the developing brain so as to meet the learning needs of all children and provide recommendations for individualised instruction.