This course provides students with practical experience in observing and recording children’s individual abilities and interests over time. The course is designed to integrate theories and practices in the ECCE field. Students observe and participate in child care programs in the region. Reflective practice and professional conduct are developed.

 Foundations of Professional Practice I examines the role of the professional in early childhood care and education in both historic and current context.  Learners will be supported in examining personal and professional values, beliefs and assumptions about young children, families and services for children and families.  An ecological approach will be used to explore issues such as diversity, personal and professional ethics, legal requirements and other factors relating to children, families and child care environments.

The focus of this course, ECCE186: Child Health & Safety is on personal wellness and the planning, establishment and maintenance of a safe and healthy environment in programs for children from birth to school age. Topics include: food preparation and handling; planning nutritious snacks and meals; universal precautions; diapering and toileting; accident prevention and hazard identification; medication; illness management, assessment and reporting; modelling healthy practices and utilizing community health resources.

ECCE 188:  Responsive Child-Centred Environments provides opportunities to learn about warm, caring, responsive relationships and emotionally safe child-centred environments.  The course focuses on application of theories, planning experiences and environments to support children’s development.  Students explore the areas of art, music, movement, literature and drama within the conceptual frameworks of developmentally appropriate practice, the competent child, diversity, child-centred environments, sensory motor exploration, emergent curriculum and creativity.


This course will explore child development from theoretical perspectives and will examine ways of enhancing young children's development. Conceptual themes to be addressed include: developmentally appropriate practice, the competent child, diversity, responsive caring, relationships, child centred environments, emotional safety, and creativity.

This course will provide opportunities to learn about caring for infants and toddlers through promotion of each child's health, safety and well-being.

In this course learners will study characteristics of exceptionalities in young children and their behavioural implication within inclusive environments. Understanding of the developmental and learning implications of developmental delays and of specific disabilities and health related issues will be the basis for learning specialized techniques and strategies that facilitate development and learning. Communication abilities of the child and ways of enhancing communication will be studied.