ECD092 - Childcare Program Philosophy and Curriculum

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Subject Title
Childcare Program Philosophy and Curriculum

Subject Description
In this workshop a variety of Early Childhood Education curriculum models will be presented. Students will be provided with information for developing an individual program statement that conforms to the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act of Ontario

Credit Status
One credit towards a Setting Up Your Own Chidcare, Nursery School, After School Program Recognition of Achievement

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Analyze the development of the whole child.

2. Define Early Childhood Education developmentally appropriate practice.

3. Examine a variety of quality Early Childhood Education curriculum models that support the whole child approach.

4. Create a childcare program philosophy that reflects the principles of individual childcare programs

5. Prepare both the curriculum model and program philosophy for inclusion in a childcare program statement as required by the Child Care and Early Years Act of Ontario.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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ECD090 - Intro to Setting up a Childcare, Nursery School, After School Program

Knowledge of Early Childhood education is recommended but not essential.  Workshop presenters will assume that participants have some knowledge of the ECE profession.

Topic Outline
Students will review the basics of child development and its inclusion in ECE developmentally appropriate practice. Developing an ECE curriculum will be discussed using a variety of curriculum models that includes developmentally appropriate practice. The format for designing a program philosophy as required by the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario will be explained.

Child Development
- an overview of  a child’s developmental domains including social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth
- define what is meant by an ECE ‘child-centered’ approach and developmentally appropriate practice.

Curriculum Models
-review a variety of curriculum models including Montessori, Emergent curriculum and Reggio Emilia approaches
-design a curriculum that blends ECE developmentally appropriate practice with principles from a variety of curriculum models and conforms to the program statement required by the Child Care and Early Years act of Ontario

Defining a program philosophy
-examine the elements that constitute a program statement
-develop an individual program statement that reflects the principles of the childcare program
-integrate the program statement into the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act of Ontario

Enacting the Program Statement
-presenting the program statement to the staff and families of your program
- ensuring that the program statement is reflected in the daily practices of the childcare program

Mode of Instruction
This workshop will use a variety of methods including personal experiences, hand outs, discussion, question and answer.

Prescribed Texts
Hand outs

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
A Short Answer Test indicating knowledge of ECE curriculum and Philosophy.  Students must achieve a passing grade of 60% (C) or higher for a grade of SAT (Satisfactory).

Approved by: Sandra Noble