ECED 109A - Practicum 1

This course offers supervised practical experience working with young children in an early learning setting. Emphasis is on beginning skills and reflective practice faciliatating developmentally and culturally appropriate early learning and care. Practicing beginning programming skills based on observation of children’s play, with a capable image of the child, will be a focus.


Credits:  3


Hours: 130 (Seminars/Tutorials: 15; Practicum Hours: 115)


Total Weeks:  15


HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Service Workers
HDEC 101 Human Development 1
HDEC 102 Health, Safety and Nutrition
HDEC 103 Guiding and Caring

or may be taken concurrently
OR permission of instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:
Introduction to ECED 109A
Learning and Practicing Professionalism as a Practicum Student:
-BC Child Care Licensing Regulation
-ECEBC Code of Ethics
-Professional Organizations: Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia, Canadian Child Care Federation
Foundations for a Quality Practicum Experience:
-Competency Based Assessment
-BC Early Learning Framework
-Guiding Children’s Behaviour resource
Detailed Observation, Reflection and Practice:
-specific approaches and reflective questions that facilitate observation of children and documentation of observations
-using reflection to deepen the practice of observation
-connecting children’s experiences to developmental theories and research
-seeing/observing children's strengths, competencies, perspectives/ideas
-using observations with children
-how we see children/our image of the child (as educators), how children see us, how they see each other.
-strategies to enhance children's experience in and engagement with the environment
-planning and facilitating time and routines, including small group and circle times, peer group experiences, invitations to play/learn
-observing to facilitate programming centered on children's play, exploration and learning: social skills, dramatizing, drawing, music, building and construction, connection with nature, sensory exploration, literacy
-observing to facilitate self-regulation and initiative: rights to choose and responsibilities
-risks and hazards, keeping children safe
Summary Reflection on Practicum Experiences and Learning



Learning Outcomes:

Demonstrate beginning competency in recording detailed observations and reflection.
• Facilitate early learning and development based on observations and reflection.
• Implement constructive guidance strategies in building relationships, guiding children's early learning and development
• Evaluate self based on application of competencies that support quality early childhood care and education and
• Set goals for further professional growth
• Apply principles of child development and relevant developmental theories to observations and practice
• Demonstrate practice that adheres to the ECEBC Code of Ethics
• Develop and maintain professional working relationships- including regular/weekly communication/collaboration with the course instructor, placement sponsor educator/staff, children and as applicable, parents.


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Additional Comments:

Developed for distributed delivery with required weekly seminars (teleconference or on-line meeting rooms.

Students must be working, participating or volunteering in a licensed early care and learning setting, with a minimum of eight 30 months -6 yr. old children present, in order to complete the required assignments and activities for this course.

Students are expected to begin the process of organizing for practicum before the course starts. All students taking courses in the Early Childhood Education and Care program must complete a Ministry of Justice Schedule B Criminal Record Check. Under no circumstances will students be permitted to complete any practical work (courses or practica) in a child care or school setting until NLC has received a clear Schedule B criminal record check from Ministry of Justice addressed to NLC, not a copy of one completed from another workplace/position.

Students must review the practicum section on the Admission's Page link: prior to registering for a practicum.

Please note that NLC’s Early Childhood Education and Care, and Education Assistant programs adhere to NLC’s Education Policy on Student Absenteeism. According to this policy, a “student's attendance may be a necessary condition for completing a course satisfactorily. Program guidelines take precedence.” On this basis, your instructor reserves the right to adjust final grades that appear in D2L, to reflect considerations such as sustained absenteeism. The official final grade will be recorded in web advisor. Students must review final grades in web advisor.


Text Books:

Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.