ECY202 - Infant and Toddler Curriculum

Outline info
Last revision date 2017-09-26 12:46:05.551
Last review date 2017-09-26 12:46:05.553

Subject Title
Infant and Toddler Curriculum

Subject Description
ECY 202 is a methodology subject that supports students in their application of child development theory to create an effective learning and caring environment for infants and toddlers

Credit Status
ECY 202 is an Early Childhood Education Accelerated Diploma Program prescribed subject. To obtain credit, both ECY 202 and EFP 202 must be completed at a passing level.

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. Evaluate infant/toddler environments to maintain the health & safety of the children.
2. Examine infant/toddler nutrition requirements to promote optimum health.
3.  Design play based curriculum using a variety of observations which meets the diverse needs of young children & their families (including Indigenous families).
4. Explain how responsive caregiving supports pro-social development.
5. Create early literacy experiences to promote language and pre-reading skills in infant & toddlers.
6. Explain the importance of collaborating with the families of infants and toddlers in supporting growth.

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.

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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.

ECY 102 Preschool Curriculum
EFP 102 Preschool Field Placement

EFP 202 Infant/Toddler Placement

Topic Outline

  1. Emergent care giving curriculum
  2. Creating bias-free early learning and care environments
  3. Health, safety and nutrition practices
  4. Learning experiences for individuals and / or groups
  5. Positive and responsive child guidance
  6. Partnership with families
  7. Plan early literacy activities.

Mode of Instruction
Subject content will be covered through various means and the student will be expected to participate in, and contribute to the process of learning.  The strategies may include: lectures, discussions, observations, workshops, audio-visual presentations and on-line subject website.

Prescribed Texts
AQI - Assessment for Quality Improvement  Download: 

Hast, F. & Hollyfield, A. (2001) More infant & toddler experiences. St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press

Reference Material

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

  • 40% - Theory:  Presentation of Documentation of Learning
  • 30% - Application:  environmental Audit (ITERS or TOC)
  • 30% - Content:  Emergent Curriculum Learning Eexperiences

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 ECE subject, every component of evaluation must be completed at a passing level.


Each field placement subject is taken concurrently with the curriculum and applied theory subject.  Though the field and curriculum subject have a separate mnemonic, they are considered a joint course.  This arrangement encourages the intertwining of theory and practice.  In your field placement, you will implement ideas that you learn in your semester subjects.  During classes, you will talk about experiences from field placement.  You will be asked to reflect on how theory and your experiences fit together.  Consequently, you are expected to go to field placement until the end of the semester.  You must earn a passing grade in both your curriculum and field subjects in order to pass both subjects.  If you earn a failing grade in either subject, you will fail both.


When you are in field placement settings, you will be representing Seneca College.  You are asked to act at all times in ways which reflect positively on the College.  Wear your name tag while attending field placement.

During your field placements, you must always be aware of the health and safety needs of the children.  Alert staff to risky situations and offer to help.  If at any time you jeopardize the emotional well-being, health or safety of a child through your actions or behaviours and your supervising professor determines that you are not capable of the required level of independent functioning, you may be withdrawn from placement and may fail the course.  You may also be asked to leave the program.

Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Leaving children unattended; breaking confidentiality; forging signatures on field documents; attending field placement under the influence of alcohol or drugs that hinder judgment; striking a child, inappropriate touching of a child; belittling, berating or demeaning a child.
  • While in your field placement, you must not contravene requirements of the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario regarding behaviour management.  Non-compliance will be reviewed on an individual basis and may result in your failing field placement or withdrawal from the ECE program.
  • Lack of professionalism or poor practice may also result in your being asked to leave placement by the host agency.  In such cases, you will not be offered an alternative placement and will receive an "F" grade in your field/curriculum courses.
Minimum successful performance in Preschool Field Placement I will reflect the Regulations regarding Behaviour Management as required by the Day Nurseries Act.


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.

Absence during scheduled tests and presentations require a medical note.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in an “F” grade.  Students are required to notify the professor before the scheduled test or presentation if they are unable to attend.

Assignments and in-class learning opportunities:

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.

In-Class Presentations and Tests:

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.

When students are absent it is their responsibility to “catch-up” on missed material, announcements, schedule changes, discussions, etc.


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 website 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.


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

Approved by: Sandra Noble