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Visual Arts in ECE (Self-Directed)

$95.00 +GST (if applicable)

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  • 8-10 week short course
  • Simple online interface
  • Diverse range of learning materials
  • Flexible learning to fit your schedule
  • Online discussions with participants
  • Easy access from your Profile page
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Explore how you can enhance the visual arts in your centre


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This short online course from The Education Hub explores the research on the importance of the visual arts for children’s learning and development as well as presenting case studies of how three ECE centres develop rich, vibrant, and creative visual arts provocations and inquiry opportunities for their children.

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Who is the course for?

The course is for practising teachers and centre leaders and provides opportunities for participants to trial new approaches and strategies as they work through the course.

How does it work?

Designed to enable teachers to participate flexibly over a period of 8 to 10 weeks,
it is expected that participants will spend between one and two hours each week
working through the components of the course.

The team bringing you this course includes:
Course director:
Dr Vicki Hargraves
Dr Sarah Probine – Manukau Institute of Technology
Dr Louisa Penfold – Harvard University
Case studies from:
Tots Corner
Kids’ Domain
Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten


A wide range of content and materials make the course a rich and enjoyable experience: 

  • Readings – learn at your own pace
  • Videos of experts – hear the research first hand
  • Case studies of three centres – see how others do it
  • Reflective questions – examine your thinking
  • Practical activities – start to implement what you’re learning right away
  • Weekly discussion forums – discuss learning with others and the course tutor

Course outline

The course will cover the following areas:

  • The benefits of visual arts for wide-ranging learning outcomes
  • The role of the teacher in visual arts
  • Working with children of different ages
  • Creating environments in ECE centres for visual arts
  • Engaging with varied materials
  • Art as inquiry and as a tool in investigations
  • Integrating visual arts into everyday teaching and learning
  • Using the visual arts to support children’s sense of empowerment
  • Planning, assessing and responding to children’s visual art experiences

Do I get a certificate?

A certificate will be available to download and print from each participant’s Profile page, when they have completed the course.

Enrolling a group

A group of teachers from a centre can enrol and enjoy a discount of up to 50% on the full course fee of $95. Each teacher can then work their way through the course material in their own time, and on their own device (ideally a laptop or desktop computer). There are no classes to attend at specific times, and recordings of any webinars that are held will be available for participants to view afterwards. When participants reach the end of the course, a personalised certificate will be available to download and print from their Profile page.

If you would like to enrol a group of teachers in this course, please select the Group option in the panel on this page, and choose a name for your group. If you want to participate in the course as well, choose ‘Enrol me’ and include yourself in the total number of participants. If you are not participating in the course, you will just be the administrator for your group.

After you have purchased the enrolments, the purchaser can add all the participants from the Group enrolment admin link, which will show on their Profile page once the transaction is complete. If you wish to add more participants to your group later on, you will need to register them separately from this page. Please note that to qualify for the multiple enrolment discount, participants must be enrolled at the same time, in one transaction. Higher discount levels cannot be applied retrospectively. Swapping participants after enrolment may be possible, with the approval of The Education Hub.

Group pricing

The following discounts are available for groups of teachers enrolling at one time, in one transaction. The discounts are applied to the full course fee of $95. Early-bird prices are not discounted.

2-4 teachers: $85 per person
5-9 teachers: $75 per person
10+ teachers: $65 per person

If you have any other questions about group enrolments, please refer to our FAQ section or email us.

Technology requirements

The course works best on a tablet, laptop or desktop computer. It is not optimised for small screens or smartphones.


What people say about courses from The Education Hub

“I loved how the course was laid out. It was easy to leave and pick up where I had left off. The site was easy to navigate and I liked the videos that backed up the reading.”

Assessment & Intentional Teaching in ECE participant
December 2020

“All the different types of materials kept things interesting. I moved through the course quickly, at a speed I chose and was comfortable with. I liked sharing what I learned with my colleagues and I loved learning new aspects of story-writing.”

Assessment & Intentional Teaching in ECE participant
February 2021

“At last, a flexible, relevant and practical online learning programme for ECE teachers that is affordable and enjoyable – thank you so much to the team at The Education Hub for making this a reality for us!”

Assessment & Intentional Teaching in ECE participant
February 2021

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