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 facilitating developmentally and culturally appropriate early learning and care. Another focus of the course will be on practicing beginning programming skills based on observation of children’s play (with a capable image of the child).


Credits:  3


Hours: 130 (Seminars/Tutorials: 12; Practicum Hours: 118)


Total Weeks:  15


HDEC 100, HDEC 101, HDEC 102, and HDEC 103 (or all may be taken concurrently).



Non-Course Prerequisites: 

Admission into the Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children)





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
- Maintain and develop professional working relationships- including regular/weekly communication/collaboration with the course instructor, placement sponsor educator/staff, children and as applicable, parents.

Maintain a professional and collegial attitude in course discussion, assignment work, with Sponsor Educators, placement staff, and children's families.


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  90


Percentage of Group Work:  10


Additional Comments:

This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C.


Text Books:

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