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.

Classes start January 8th, 2018

This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education from a philosophical perspective.  An ecological approach is used to explore issues such as diversity, personal and professional ethics, legal requirements and other factors relevant to children, families and child care environments.  Students examine anti-bias principles and approaches to working with young children.  By exploring their own adult role in play environments, learners will integrate thinking regarding philosophies of least restrictive environments and inclusionary practices.

This course builds on the concepts and theories of ECCE 188 with an emphasis on play theory, social relationships and skills, and creative and cognitive processes in children ages three to six years.  Learners examine the interface of adults and children in a child-centered environment.  Students learn ways of supporting and extending the interests, understandings and problem-solving abilities of young children.

In this course, learners reflect upon values, beliefs and attitudes towards building warm relationships with children. Understanding of self within the guiding relationship is developed. With the use of problem solving techniques, students learn the skills of guiding and caring for children and creating emotionally safe, respectful environments that are empowering and that enhance autonomy and maximize potential.

This course provides the learner with practical experience in an early childhood centre.  Students  integrate learning and demonstrate skills in interpersonal communication, observing and recording children’s responses and abilities, program planning, guiding and caring and growing professional awareness.  Seminars are scheduled for reflective discussion of practicum learning.

This culmination course is designed to prepare the student to work as an Early Childhood Educator with children under three years.  Emphasis will be on professional decision making; designing and implementing a safe nurturing inclusive program.  This course builds on and expands knowledge from the basic ECCE program regarding early childhood theory, philosophies, historical approaches and high quality care.

This practicum experience is designed to provide the student, under supervision, with opportunities to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills in working with infants and toddlers in group settings. Five weeks in length, this block practicum places each student in an early childhood setting for children under age three.

In this course students will have an opportunity to learn about ways of understanding and working with infants, toddlers and young children who have extra support needs within a variety of early childhood settings. An inclusive approach with a foundation in knowledge of child development theory will be presented with an emphasis on individual planning, facilitating inclusionary practise and working collaboratively with families, professionals and community services.

This practicum experience is designed to provide the student, under supervision, with opportunities to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills in working with children with extra support needs in group settings. The student will complete the practicum in an inclusive child care program which serves children with diverse abilities and needs. Focus will be upon practical application of specialty skills in planning, implementing and evaluating daily programs, as well as demonstrating team building skills and facilitating inter and transdisciplinary cooperation.