IMPORTANT INFORMATION: To complete assignments, students must have access to a licensed program for young children (volunteer sites, practicum centres, or work sites).
In this course students will study children’s explorations throughout early childhood curriculum areas in order to understand how play enhances children’s learning and development. Students will develop proficiency in utilizing observations and relevant theories to interpret play episodes as they gain beginning competencies and skills in initiating responsive planning.
Date First Offered:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45
Total Weeks: 15
This course is offered online: Yes
- HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Service Workers
HDEC 101 Human Development 1
ECED 101 Principles and Practices
or permission of instructor
- Learning and Development
- Role of the Environment
- Role of the Educator
Learning and development:
- Images of children
- Play and learning
- Play and development
- Children as theory makers
- Children as action-orientated
- Ordinary moments
- Curriculum areas
- Images of environment
- Learning through relationships
- Socio-cultural learning
Role of the adult:
- Connecting with children
- Observing for meaning
- Pedagogy of listening
- Images of educator
- Resource tools
- Learning Stories
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
Use appropriate comments and questions to connect with children about their explorations of the environment
Document play episodes and begin to use theory to interpret examples of children's learning and development
Recognize ordinary moments and extend children's experiences through communication and/or material additions
Share insights about curriculum planning knowledge on the course discussion board
Extend children's explorations in a minimum of two curriculum areas
Engage with peers in small groups in on-line dialogue about children's play and how it contributes to learning and development
Document, interpret and enhance the learning and development of one child
Articulate how play is learning
Develop an ideas/resource file
Number of Assignments:
- Assignments: 90 %
Participation: 10 %
Nature of Participation:
Course Discussion Board: Reading all discussion board postings, participating in weekly discussions
Writing Assignments: Discussion board work (10%); includes reviewing and assessing video clips of children's play, and engaging on-line groups members in critical reflections. Child study: Ordinary Moment (25%); Introducing an Art Medium (30%); Play Area Curriculum Plan (35%). The final 3 assignments include: visually documenting and interpreting children's theories, the adult role, and impact of environment on children's learning and development.
Percentage of Individual Work: 90
Percentage of Group Work:
Other Pertinent Information:
- Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Occupational Competencies
Child growth and development as part of on-going life span development;
Growth and development in key developmental domains including social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language and cultural
Holistic and interdependent nature of growth and development;
Stages and milestones in the developmental process;
Individual variations in the developmental process;
Personal perspective on child growth and development to guide practice.
Clarify own biases
Observe in unbiased and non-judgmental ways;
Document observations in clear language and through other accessible methods;
Plan appropriate programs, responses and interventions;
Organize and facilitate the implementation of the plan; and
Evaluate the effectiveness and/or outcomes and make necessary adaptations
Show appreciation for, and enjoyment of, others; and
Be patient and flexible.
Current licensing and/or registration regulations;
Current Child, Family and Community Services Act including the duty to report neglect or abuse and reporting protocols;
Course Offered in Other Programs:
2-a-3; 2-a-4; 2-a-8; 2-a-9;
2-c-1; 2-c-2; 2-c-3; 2-c-4; 2-c-5;2-c-6; 2-c-7
7-b-2; 7-b-3; 7-b-5; 7-b-6; 7-b-7; 7-b-8
*Full-time students only co-requisites
ECED 101 Principles and Practices
ECTA 121 Interpersonal Communications
HDEC 104 Human Development 2
ECED 110 Practicum 2
Keys to Success:
- Students must have regular access to internet accessible computer in order to engage in weekly, on-line course discussions.
- Assignment due dates will be posted on the course discussion board.
- It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor immediately if experiencing D2L access difficulties that hinder course/assignment completion.
- Late assignments will be deducted 10%. Failure to contact the instructor about the progress of a late assignment within a week of the assignment due date will result in a zero for that assignment.
- All assignments must be submitted to received a course mark.
- Students must have regular access to a computer and the Internet; basic computer skills are needed in order to complete this course.
- Effective Learning strategies: setting aside a weekly time commitment to complete the course work and regular contact with classmates and the instructor through the course discussion board and/or e-mail.
- Required - Crowther, I., 2011, Creating Effective Learning Environments (Nelson). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Varied, Online articles/resources supplied by the Instructor
Required - Pelo, A., 2007, The language of art: Inquiry based studio practices in early childhood settings (Redleaf Press). Chapters Covered: All