Qualifications

​I am able to . . .

  • Describe typical child development from ages 5 to 8.

  • Recognize atypical development in the five major areas of development.

  • Discuss various influences that may lead to atypical development and how these influences may impact the lives of young children.

  • Examine how developmental areas are interrelated in order to understand the growth and development of children with additional needs.

  • Explore topical issues that impact child development and exceptional children.

  • Demonstrate basic skills related to research and writing, including article searching, referencing and citations.

  • Evaluate sources to determine their reliability and value in understanding atypical child development.

  • Demonstrate basic Internet skills through competent use of email, internet searches and Blackboard.

  • Produce documents that are organized appropriately and effectively, and are grammatically and stylistically correct.

  • Organize and write paragraphs and essays that contain a main idea and appropriate supporting details.

  • Revise and proofread all written work for clarity, flow, and style.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose and use current conventions in language and word choice. 

  • Produce various types of short business documents that are clear, concise, and organized appropriately for the situation.

  • Understand how the young child's language development is a foundation for emergent literacy.

  • Examine ways in which adults can provide developmentally appropriate literature, language and literacy experiences, both in the home and the early childhood center.

  • Examine the relationship between language development, dramatic play, and emergent literacy.

  • Explore controversial issues and become familiar with professional readings in the fields of dramatic play and emergent literacy

  • Understand the importance and the development of dramatic play.

  • Examine ways in which adults can provide developmentally appropriate dramatic play environments.

  • Identify infant reflexes and explain the purpose of each of these reflexes.

  • Describe developmental milestones for different stages of infancy in all three domains.

  • Develop experiences that celebrate the skills and abilities of the "whole child."

  • Discuss strategies for handling infants and the challenges around sleep, nutrition, and safety.

  • Define and describe "bonding" and "attachment."

  • Identify and describe the four types of attachment.

  • List and explain three phases of healthy emotional development.

  • Discuss the importance of a secure attachment and the indicators that demonstrate it.

  • Apply the concepts presented in this module to evaluate high quality child care environments.

  • Describe how speech and language develop.

  • Explain the building blocks of communication.

  • List and describe four aspects of language.

  • Define voice, speech, and language.

  • Describe the four stages of early communication.

  • Identify the developmental milestones children experience throughout the early years.

  • Discuss what parents and educators can do to nourish and promote language development.

  • Describe elements of good conversations between adults and children and amongst children.

  • Develop an appreciation for children’s play and the powerful role of play in enhancing

  • children’s development.

  • Recognize the developmental value of music for young children.

  • Lead vocal and rhythmic music experiences.

  • Plan and manage effective group gatherings.

  • Plan for and facilitate experiences in construction, woodworking, manipulative, physical, and outdoor play.

  • Plan effective indoor play environments.

  • Assess and plan playgrounds.

  • Incorporate all areas of play into the daily schedule based upon varied program types.

  • Define and describe the “study of child development” and identify why it is the foundation of ELCC

  • Explain the difference between “nature” and “nurture” in the study of child development

  • Provide examples that demonstrate the 12 ‘”principles of child development”

  • Identify and describe three primary developmental domains.

  • Describe additional developmental classification systems used in identifying developmental milestones.

  • Investigate approaches to studying child development and contemporary beliefs about children

  • Identify how societal and personal images of children affect one's perception of child development

  • Discover the importance of research in exploring issues related to child development

  • Describe six different theoretical approaches: behavioural, cognitive, psychosocial, neuroscientific, ecological, and ecological.

  • Identify the key theorists associated with each approach and explain their perspectives on child development.

  • Apply the theoretical positions of each approach and how it applies to early childhood development and practices in today's world.

  • Discover the importance of resesarch in gaining personal information to guide early learning and child care practice.

  • Discuss the importance of observing the experiences of young children

  • Describe the process of child observation

  • Identify and describe traditional methods of child observation.

  • Identify the three parts involved in traditional observation techniques

  • Identify and describe examples of electronic methods of child observation.

  • Identify and describe contemporary and emerging methods of child observation.

  • Practice implementing a variety of types of child observation methods.

  • Evaluate the advantages and challenges of each type of observation.

  • Identify and describe the three stages of fetal development.

  • Explore the development of the fetus week by week during a pregnancy.

  • Discuss nutrition, exercise, depression, and advancements related to prenatal development.

  • Examine research around smoking and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

  • Complete research on controversial issues related to technology, using drugs, male involvement, prenatal stimulation, and in-vitro fertilization.

  • Identify the unique characteristics and behaviours of toddlers.

  • Describe developmental milestones of toddlers - the skills and abilities typically developed by children by the age of 18 months and through to 3 years of age.

  • Review the milestones of infants (sometimes called younger toddlers) during the age range from one year to 18 months.

  • Examine the joys and challenges of dealing with toddlers - nutrition, sleep, temper tantrums, biting, toilet training.

  • Describe "temperament" and identify the nine temperament traits associated with this concept.

  • List and explain the three temperament types specifically related to infants and toddlers.

  • Discuss how educators and parents recognize and accommodate the unique personalities of young children.

  • Define "goodness of fit" and provide examples of what this means when working with young children.