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Visual Arts in ECE

Online course | From $95 per person | Group discounts available
This 8- to 10-week 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. The course provides opportunities to put into practice the knowledge and strategies you are learning.

Designed for practicing early childhood teachers and centre leaders, the course will benefit teachers at all stages of their career.

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Flexible engagement

With course content available 24-7 and no cut-off date, you can choose when to engage with the learning materials

Learn from experts

Interviews with Dr Sarah Probine from Manukau Institute of Technology, and Dr Louisa Penfold of Harvard University

Multimodal learning

A rich mix of interviews, readings, video case-studies, reflections, and practical activities

Case studies of practice

Explore the practice of three centres: Tots Corner, Kids’ Domain, and Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten

Manageable units

The course is broken down into parts that will each take around 60-90 minutes to complete

Choose your pathway

Self-Directed: start any time
Premium Support: join a cohort for webinars with the course director and online forums

Course outline

  • 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

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Groups save up to $30pp

Enrol a group of teachers on this course and enjoy a discount of up to $30 per person on the course fee

Group enrolments enable teachers to share their learning journeys and for centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on the content and activities in the course. Each teacher receives their own log in and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet.
To enrol a group of teachers in this course, please select the Group option during the enrolment process. The number of participants dictates the level of discount – enrol 10+ teachers to get the maximum discount.

Choose from two pathways for this course


($109.25 inc GST)


Visual Arts in ECE


  • Personalised certificate
  • Lifetime access*
  • Webinars at the start and end of the course
  • Online forums with other participants

Group savings

  • 1 teacher: NZ$95
  • 2-4 teachers: NZ$85 pp
  • 5-9 teachers: NZ$75 pp
  • 10+ teachers: NZ$65 pp
  • (Prices exclude GST)

Who are you enrolling?

  • Just yourself – Choose ‘Individual’ below
  • Yourself + othersChoose ‘Group’ below, enter the number of enrolments (1+), and tick ‘Enrol me’ to include yourself
  • Just other people Choose ‘Group’ below, enter the number of enrolments (1+), but don’t tick ‘Enrol me’
  • Please note:
  • 1. Before you enrol, please check you are logged in with the email address you wish to use. You can check on your Dashboard. 2. If you enrol a group, please create a relevant name for your group, eg “CentreName-Art”


($126.50 inc GST)

Premium Support

Visual Arts in ECE


To join the next cohort of teachers on this course, please register your interest and we will keep you updated on the next start date. 

Taking this pathway offers several benefits:

  • Personalised certificate
  • Lifetime access*
  • Webinars at the start and end of the course
  • Online forums with other participants

Group savings

  • 1 teacher: NZ$110
  • 2-4 teachers: NZ$105 pp
  • 5-9 teachers: NZ$95 pp
  • 10+ teachers: NZ$85 pp
  • (Prices exclude GST)

Keeping our courses affordable

The Education Hub wants as many teachers as possible to be able to take our courses and benefit from the high quality professional learning they offer. Therefore, we are committed to keeping course fees as low as possible. It is through the support of our ever-generous supporters that we can produce such rich, multimodal learning opportunities while offering participants significant subsidies.

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A personalised certificate will be available to download and print from your Dashboard when you complete the course.

Enrol today and start exploring this topic

Enrol today to secure your place on this course. Group discounts are available, subject to our standard terms.**

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Please note, all our courses are best completed on a desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Because of the amount of content, we do not recommend using a phone. 

* Group discounts apply to the full price, and can only be applied in one transaction, not retrospectively, or on the addition of more enrolments. ** Our standard terms and conditions are available here

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