ECY203 - Child, Family and Community

Outline info
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Subject Title
Child, Family and Community

Subject Description
Students will examine the complex relationships between the child, family and the community.   Theory and practice will be emphasized which are relevant to helping parents and other family members work with their child. Students will explore their own attitudes, beliefs and values as they are shaped by their life circumstances and become aware of how these impact on themselves as Early Childhood Educators. Students will learn the signs and symptoms for the three types of abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual) and the four types of neglect (physical, neglect, emotional, and educational). The course content includes safety of the child, legal responsibilities and the process used when a suspected case has been reported.

Credit Status
ECY203 is an Early Childhood Education Accelerated Diploma Program prescribed subject.

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. Examine the theories related to family roles, structures and dynamics that promote professional relationships with families.
2.  Assess the skills and knowledge of the ECE practitioner necessary to build collaborative partnerships with families in professional setting.
3. Analyze personal biases and the impact these have on forming partnerships with families in the professional setting.
4.  Analyze the effect of socio-cultural and political factors on the well-being of families and children.
5. Assess community resources for their contextual relevance in the support of families and children.
6.  Describe the process the professional practitioner must follow in reporting suspicions of child abuse.

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.

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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 104 Exploring Diversity

Topic Outline

  1. Understanding the family theory – Bronfenbrenner
  2. Family Systems Theory and Family Dynamics
  3. Risks and barriers
  4. Developing Potential – 6 core strengths of healthy development (Bruce Perry)
  5. Creating Family Friendly Inclusive Environments
  6. Communicating about children’s development ( Nipissing &  ERIC)
  7. The ECE as a Family Support Practitioner
  8. Involving families in their child’s early learning
  9. Meeting with Parents
  10. Connecting families to the early childhood community
  11. Connecting Families to the wider community
  12. Social policy and current issues influencing families
  13. Sharing research with families
  14. Defining child abuse and family violence
  15. Identifying high risk caregivers
  16. Positive child guidance
  17. Personal responses to child abuse and family violence
  18. Possible indicators of child abuse and witnessing family violence
  19. The teacher’s role when a child discloses abuse
  20. The system’s response to child abuse and family violence
  21. Helping children and their families
  22. Advocating for social change

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
The Nipissing District developmental screening tool.  Download:

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% - Communicating With Families Assignment
  • 30% - Community Resources Class Presentation
  • 30%    Child Abuse Test

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


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