ECD100 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

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Subject Title
Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Subject Description
This is the first subject for students entering the ECE Diploma Program. It provides students with a basic knowledge of ECE principles and practices. Topics include: an introduction to ethics, professional behaviour, advocacy, legislation, health, safety, nutrition, quality programming, learning opportunities, observation techniques, the history of early childhood education, research, study and time management skills.

Credit Status
One credit in the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program.

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

1. Identify historical influences on the development of early childhood education programs.

2. Describe the make up of a quality, bias free and diverse ECE program.

3.Identify the professional behaviour required of an early childhood educator in relation to competencies, knowledge, ethics and confidentiality.

4. Understand the legal requirements for a licensed childcare under the Child Care and Early Years Act

5. Demonstrate knowledge of basic health, safety and nutrition practices and their implications as detailed in the Child Care and Early Years Act.

6. Understand and list the procedures required to report suspected child abuse as indicators present themselves to the student teacher.

7. Begin to advocate for the Early Childhood Education profession in relation to the AECEO and CECE.

8. Develop an understanding of formal observational skills and their appliction in ECE practice.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education diploma, students should have achieved the following generic outcomes and vocational skills.

Generic Skills Learning Outcomes               BOLDED OUTCOMES APPLY TO THIS SUBJECT
Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of audiences.
2. reframe information, ideas, and concepts using the narrative, visual, numerical, and symbolic representations which demonstrate understanding.
3. apply a wide variety of mathematical techniques with the degree of accuracy required to solve problems and make decisions.
4. use a variety of computer hardware and software and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.
5. interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
6. evaluate her or his own thinking throughout the steps and processes used in problem solving and decision making.

7. collect, analyze, and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.
8. evaluate the validity of arguments based on qualitative and quantitative information in order to accept or challenge the findings of others.
9. create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.
10. manage the use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project-related goals.
11. take responsibility for her or his own actions and decisions.
12. adapt to new situations and demands by applying and/or updating her or his knowledge and skills.

13. represent her or his skills, knowledge, and experience realistically for personal and employment purposes.

Vocational Learning Outcomes
Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. plan curriculum* that is based on a thorough understanding of child development*.
2. plan and implement individual programs and curriculum* to meet the developmental needs of children*.
3. utilize a variety of observation techniques* to enhance work with children*, families*, and co-workers.
4. maintain responsive relationships* with individual children* and groups of children*.
5. establish and maintain safe and healthy environments* which best meet the requirements of current legislation*, regulatory bodies, and program policies.
6. develop and maintain effective written, oral, nonverbal, and electronic communications with children*, families*, co-workers, employers, and individuals/agencies.
7. apply relevant legislation*, policies, procedures, and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context.
8. apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards*.
9. act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity, and diversity* to support the development and learning of individual children*, within the context of his/her family*, culture*, and society.

(1) @2002, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

*see web site at:

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

EAP100 English Assessment with results at ESL933 or higher.
Attendance at the information evening is strongly urged. Please see current calendar for dates and times

(Students are strongly encourage to have completed EAC149 or ESL934 and be taking EAC150 concurrently prior/while taking this course.)

Graduation requirements change from time to time.  Students must consult the Program Information Package each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements.  Packages are available from the Continuing Education Office or online at:  Students who do not have the required prerequisites must consult with the program coordinator before registering.
NOTE: ECE Intensive stream - ECD122 Child Development may be taken concurrently if student has completed EAC150.
Students must complete the following documentation: police check from local police agency, First Aid/CPR:Seneca CPR911 or Level C, Seneca Medical Form.

Topic Outline
1. History of ECE
2. Quality childcare
3. Developmentally Appropriate Practice
4. Formal Child Observation - running record
5. Health, Safety and Nutrition in the childcare environment
6. ELECT / How Does Learning Happen?
7. Child Care and Early Years Act
8. Health, Safety and Nutrition requirements in quality child care

Mode of Instruction
A variety of teaching methods will be used including lectures, discussions, small group work, audio-visual material, guest speakers, etc.

Prescribed Texts
Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings, 5th edition, 2013 (Pkg: CDN Activity Insert & PAC ECE ME);
By B. Pimento and D. Kernested, Nelson Publishing, ISBN# 978-0-17-650956-9

Take a Look: Observation and Portfolio Assessment in Early Childhood Education, 6th Edition, 2013;
By Sue Martin; Pearson Education, ISBN # 0-321-153825-0, (13 digit: 978-0-321-73928-5

   Child Care and Early Years Act :

How Does Learning Happen?

ELECT -"Early Learning Learning for Every Child Today- A framework for Ontario early childhood settings"

College of ECEs of Ontario, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Reference Material
A Writer's Resource, 3rd edition
By Maimon, Peritz, Rubens, McGraw Hill, ISBN#9780070685840

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
Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  All assignments are due in hard copy form at the beginning of class. Late assignments will be subject to the following penalties:
After the start of class to one week late: 10% of total assignment grade will be deducted.
Second week late: 20% of total assignment grade will be deducted . If the assignment is not submitted within the two weeks after the due date it will be assumed that the student chooses not to submit the assignment and a grade of 0 will be assigned. The final grade will be calculated by adding the grades for the assignments submitted.

Students must request an extension for assignments in writing before the assignment due date. Extensions will be granted on an individual basis and many require submission of documentation to verify lateness. The instructor will determine any grade penalty that may apply.

Assignments / Presentations are to be grammatically correct, and marks will be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.

All assignments / presentations must be cited.  Students are referred to the recommended Text " A Writer's Resource" or the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and assessments.  It is your responsibility to cover any missed materials.   Presentations or exams missed without sufficient documented reason, will result in a grade of zero for the missed assessment(s).

The student must obtain a combined grade of at least 50% on the term work and the final exam to pass the course.
For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices or online at:

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

            30% -  Family Resource Portfolio
            20% -  Health Case Study
        *  20% -  Child Observation Assignment
            30% -  Final Examination

* If a student does not achieve a passing grade in this assignment, they may have the option to re-write it with approval of the in-class faculty. The highest grade possible for a re-write is a D.

Format for Assignments:
Assignments will be marked on the basis of appropriate research, content, organization of material and presentation. Main ideas in written work should be supported with specific, relevant examples and/or reasons.

English Competency:
It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. Marks may be deducted from the assignments for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.


Approved by: Sandra Noble