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Early Childhood Education: Explorative Learning

  • 6 credits

This course provides an introduction to the learning environments and explorative approaches of Swedish preschools. Preschools are highlighted as a venue for children’s participation and influence in relation to children’s rights.

Children puting dandelions into a plastic can with water
Photo: Mostphotos/Therese Boman

The course provides insight into the development and philosophy of Swedish preschools, with links between the view on children, learning, play, care, and childhood conditions.

In addition, the course includes study visits to preschools and other institutions and activities for children.

  • Course structure

    The course is offered spring and autumn semesters.

    Study pace: Full time studies, 100%.

    The course is offered for international exchange students and for students who have applied for the course as a free standing (single subject) course.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, teacher-led seminars, field studies, group exercises and study visits. Specific teaching sessions are mandatory. Absence must be compensated for as described in the study guide.

    Study visits

    During the course you are going to visit preschools, museums and other early childhood education settings etc. on several occasions. More information about the study visits will be published on the learning and collaboration platform Athena.

    Study Guide

    The Study Guide for the course will be published at the latest one month prior to the course start.


    The course is examined on the basis of an individual paper and oral group presentation.


    Autumn semester 2020: Emilie Moberg

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Course period

    Autumn semester 2020: October 19th until November 13th

    Schedule autumn semester 2020

    Please note that the schedule above is preliminary until one month prior to the course start.

    Spring semester 2021:

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The course literature will be published at the latest two months prior to the course start.

  • More information

    Combine courses to study a full semester

    Please note that it is possible to combine with the two following courses in order to study a full semester (30 ECTS) focusing on science, technology, education for sustainable development, mathematics and explorative learning in the context of early childhood education.

    Early Childhood Education Focusing on Science and Education for Sustainability, 12 credits (ECTS)

    Early Childhood Education Focusing on Mathematics and Technology, 12 credits (ECTS)

    How to apply

    Application - a Step by Step Guide

    It is important that you docucment your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information at

    Documenting eligibility

    Documenting English proficiency

    Exchange students

    Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine.

    International freemover students

    International students create an account and submit an online application via the central Swedish application site:

    Studying at Stockholm University

    New student at Stockholm University

    Welcome activities for new students

    Handbook for students

    Academic writing service

    Stockholm University Library


    See directions to the Department of Child and Youth Studies.

  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    My experiences as an exchange student at the Department of Child and Youth Studies

    The exchange student Deborah Suter from Switzerland was studying courses in Early Childhood Education during fall semester 2018 at The Department of Child and Youth Studies. Read about her experiences.

    Deborah Suter sitting on a small bridge. Photo: Deborah Suter.
    Photo: Deborah Suter.

    Read the whole travel report

  • Contact

    If you have questions regarding the content of the course please contact the teacher responsible for the course.

    If you have administrative questions regarding admissions, registration, registration of grades, the learning and collaboration platform Athena etc. please contact the course administrator.

    Course leder and examiner: Emilie Moberg, email:

    Course administrator: Malin Håkansson, e-mail: