ECED 203A - Development 3 Infants and Toddlers

This course examines theories and concepts of development, and in all developmental domains from the prenatal period to three years of age. The interrelatedness between cultural influences and development will also be examined.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks:  15


HDEC 100, HDEC 101, and HDEC 104



Non-Course Prerequisites: 
Admission into the Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children).




Course Content:
- Developmental Domains
- Prenatal Development
- Birth and the Newborn
- Physical Development
- Perceptual and Cognitive Development
- Speech and Language Acquisition
- Socio-Emotional Development
- Serendipity



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes of infant/toddler development. More specifically, students will be able to:
- Describe the sequence of typical development for all domains from conception to age three
- Explain factors that influence development
- Explain the interrelatedness between culture and development
- Apply an ethics of caring toward infants, toddlers, and their families
- Demonstrate respect and appreciation for the importance of the primary role of parents and families
- Demonstrate an appreciation for and awareness of current infant/toddler research
- Demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practice for each developmental area
- Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of basic principles, concepts, and theories when planning experiences for infants and toddlers
- Refine observational techniques and strategies
- Demonstrate a sensitivity to the whole child


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Additional Course Comments: 
This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C.
A-1-1 Range of historic and current theoretical approaches to child growth and development from a cross-cultural perspective
A-1-2 Child growth and development as part of on-going life-span development
A-1-3 Growth and development in key developmental domains including social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language and cultural
A-1-4 Holistic and interdependent nature of growth and development
A-1-5 Stages and milestones in the developmental process
A-1-6 Individual variations in the development process
A-1-7 Role of individual temperament, abilities, learning and communication styles in the developmental process
A-1-8 Indicators of the developmental delays or concerns and associated risks
A-1-9 Personal perspective on child growth and development to guide practice
Professional Accountability and Ethics:
A-3-1 ECEBC Code of Ethics and ethical decision making and judgment
A-3-2 Relevant legal and/or contractual obligations that guide practice
A-3-3 Appropriate professional boundaries
A-3-4 Impact of personal values and philosophy on practice
Communicate effectively
B-1-1 Use verbal, non-verbal, written, and when necessary, alternative communication methods appropriately and effectively
B-1-2 Recognize and respond appropriately to a wide range of individual communication styles
B-1-3 Communicate across cultures and, when possible, in more than one language
Honour diversity
B-2-1 Clarify own biases
B-2-2 Demonstrate cultural competence
B-2-3 Implement anti-bias strategies
B-2-4 Promote inclusion
Observe, document, assess, plan, implement and evaluate
B-3-1 Observe in unbiased and non-judgmental ways
B-3-2 Document observations in clear language and through other accessible methods
Build relationships
B-4-2 Show appreciation for, and enjoyment of, others
B-4-3 Be patient and flexible


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