ECED 111 - Practicum 3

This course will enable students to apply theory to practice and to continue to develop as a professional in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care. It includes supervised practical work with young children (focusing on ages 36 months to 5 yrs) in an early learning and care setting. The BC Early Learning Framework, critical observations and reflections on ordinary moments, invitations to play, and learning stories, frame the curriculum approach. Students will be required to take a lead role in the centre's day to day functions. Emphasis is on: reflecting current research in best practice to enhance young children's learning and development, achieving the ECE Occupational Competency skills, and professionalism.


Credits:  4


Hours: 165 (Seminars/Tutorials: 15;  Practicum Hours: 150)


Total Weeks:  15


ECED 110 Practicum 2
ECEC 201 Building Professional Family Partnerships
ECEC 202 Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
ECEC 200 Curriculum 2

May be taken concurrently
OR permission of instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites: 




See above


Course Content:
-Critical Observations
-Components of Observational Skills
-Mindful Practice-Slowing Down
-Differences between descriptions and interpretations
-Seeing children’s perspectives and capabilities
-Seeing children’s sensory exploration
-Children's inventions with open-ended materials
-Children’s deep fascination and connection with nature and living things
-Children's exhilaration of feeling adventurous, powerful, dramatic, and competent
-Power, adventure, drama, and risk for children’s development
-Children's use materials to tell stories of what is on their minds
-Conflict in childhood
-Relationships and conflict from children’s perspectives
-Children’s connections with their families
-Seeing a parent’s point of view
-Professional Practice


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Critically observe children's explorations to plan and implement curriculum experiences that start with children's strengths and curiosities
-Critically reflect with others on pedagogical documentations to increase learning about specific children
-Present complex, open-ended materials for the children to explore
-Take a lead role in a collaborative team approach to managing and implementing day to day functions of an Early Learning and Care Centre
- Demonstrate competency in areas of communication, professional conduct, guidance, and support of young children's learning and development
- Assess personal growth and skills and identify professional goals
- State the philosophy that informs best practices
- Work effectively with staff and family members to gain deeper understanding of working relationships
- Integrate skills, knowledge, and attitude from previous practicums and course work
- Demonstrate practice that adheres to the Early Childhood Educators of BC [ECEBC] code of Ethics and the BC Early Learning Framework


Willing to take risks, open to constructive criticism; reflect and maintain a professional and collegial attitude for class participation and assignment work; willing to take initiative.


- Document Ordinary Moments
- Critically reflect on practice with 'others' (children, team members, and family members), to inform curriculum decisions
- Implement curriculum that starts with children's curiosities
- Choose complex, open-ended materials for the children to explore
- Develop Pedagogical Documentations
- Develop Learning Stories
- Communicate clearly – orally and in writing
- Synthesize information
- Access personal and community resources
- Evaluate and assess professional competency and learning needs
- Work collaboratively with children, team members, and family members
- Mindful Practice-Slowing Down
- Help connect children with the wonders of the natural world
- Assist children in understanding their own power and competence
- Assist children in engaging in appropriate risks
- Practice seeing relationships and conflict from children’s perspectives
- Practice observing the details of children’s connections with their families
- Practice seeing a parent’s point of view


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 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 must have regular access to internet accessible computer in order to access course content and instructor policies. Assignment due dates, attendance and marking policies will be established by the current instructor and made available to students on the first day of classes. It is the student's responsibility to read all instructor specific assignment descriptions and policies. Contact the instructor immediately if experiencing D2L access difficulties that hinder course/assignment completion.

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.

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.


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