ECY200 - Infant and Toddler Development

Outline info
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Subject Title
Infant and Toddler Development

Subject Description
ECY 200 focuses on principles, theories and sequences of child development from conception to thirty-six months. Students will gain exposure to a variety of observational techniques and screening/assessment measures which will enable them to apply developmentally appropriate practice for this age group.

Credit Status
ECY200 is an Early Childhood Education Accelerated Diploma Program prescribed program.

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

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

  1. Specify how principles of development apply to infants and toddlers.
  2. Describe the process of pre-natal development and the impact of environmental factors on fetal growth.
  3. Explain the impact of brain development on young children’s cognitive, emotional and social growth.
  4. Asses how genetics, maturation, culture and context influence the development of infants and toddlers.
  5. Explain how family diversity impacts infant development (include Indigenous families.
  6. Assess using a variety of behavior of an infant or toddler to create an individualized learning portfolio.

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ECY 100 Child Development

Topic Outline

  1. Review of observation methods – running record, anecdotal, checklist
  2. Overview of screening and assessment – similarities and differences
  3. Introduction to implementation of a) – Functional Assessment and b) Nipissing Developmental Screen
  4. Genetics and pre-natal development – positive and negative influences
  5. Brain development – neural pathways and sculpting; the impact of environment (parenting and physical) on issues of self-regulation and aggression
  6. Areas of Development
  7. Physical - Gross motor
  8. Physical - Fine motor
  9. Language – Vygotsky, Piaget, Chomsky
  10. Cognitive – Piaget’s stage of sensorimotor development
  11. Social and emotional – temperament, attachment, autonomy, early symbolic play
  12. Early identification and Red Flag indicators in all areas of development
  13. Understanding family diversity and building relationships

Mode of Instruction

  1. Class discussion
  2. Lectures
  3. Reading
  4. Multi-media resources
  5. Guest speakers
  6. Small group activities
  7. Experiential activities
  8. Written assignments
  9. Student seminars.

Prescribed Texts
Santrock, John  (2016)  Children +  CPS 2 year connect access card.  (13th edition)  Toronto:  McGraw-Hill Ryerson

Brigance, A. (2014) IED III developmental record book. North Billerica:  Curriculum Associates

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

35% - Theory Testing
40% - Application Exercises
25% - Final Assessment

Please Note:  It is the student's responsibility to keep copies of materials (assignments, etc) used for evaluative purposes.


In order to receive a passing grade in each ECY subject, every component of evaluation must be completed at a passing level.

If you fail any assignment, in-class learning opportunity, quiz, test or other component of evaluation, you must rework the material at a passing level.

A "D" grade will be the highest grade in such a situation, regardless of the average attained. You are allowed only 1 (one) rewrite per course.

The individual Professor will clarify re-submission procedures for each subject.


Attendance is mandatory for any scheduled in-class presentation or tests. If a student fails to attend on the pre-arranged date they will receive an "F" grade. In the event of a serious occurrence, where a student can produce official documentation, a make- up presentation or test may be granted, after discussion with the professor.


Due dates for the assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.

Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date. Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.

If an assignment is late, one full grade or 10% (whichever is less) may be deducted the first day. 20% may be deducted day 8, etc.

When an assignment grade has been reduced to an "F" because of late submission, the "F" grade will be used to calculate the final subject grade, but will not prevent the student from passing the subject.

The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject.

Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive "0" marks. The resulting mark in this subject will be an "F".

If you hand in an assignment, too late for feedback or revision, and receive an "F" grade for that assignment, you forfeit the right to resubmit that assignment.


Some subjects have been designed process subjects.  ECY200 is a process subject.

A process subject is defined as any subject that requires near to full attendance for the learning/teaching process to successfully work.

In order to facilitate high quality learning and foster a sense of professionalism, you are expected to attend all classes, be punctual and participate fully.

Though no grade will be given for attendance, you must attend 75% of classes.  If you do not attend 75% of classes, you may not, at the discretion of the Professor, achieve a passing grade.

In some cases, at the discretion of the Professor, students who miss classes in excess of 25% may, in order to pass the subject, may be given the opportunity to negotiate suitable redress with the Professor.

Exceptional circumstances will only be considered provided appropriate official documentation is supplied and you pass all assignments.



As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook and the CPD Apprenticeship Student Handbook.  Please note that this information is very important.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:

Please retain this subject outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Approved by: Sandra Noble