FWK700 - ECE Administration: Field Practicum

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Last revision date 2018-07-09 08:52:54.061
Last review date 2018-07-09 08:52:54.062

Subject Title
ECE Administration: Field Practicum

Subject Description
Students will integrate theory and practice by working in a Childcare Centre. Over an extended time period, students will demonstrate supervisory skills within the specified framework of their individual settings. Students are required to complete all required documentation including a Seneca Medical Form and apply for a Police Check from their local police agency. Please consult the field placement manual for forms.

Credit Status
One credit in the Early Childhood Education Administration Graduate Certificate Program.

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

1. Define the job expectations of a child care supervisor.

2. Demonstrate leadership skills and identify where support is needed.

3. Develop open and effective communication style with staff, parents and Board of Directors.

4. Maintain a professional relationship with consulting agencies, Board of Directors and relevant Ministry representatives.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of ongoing opportunities for further professional development opportunities for staff and self.

6. Develop a system whereby philosophies, expectations and performance are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

7. Demonstrate impartiality in all your dealings with staff and parents.

8. Incorporate in all your work and communications ideals and beliefs based on bias-free and child-oriented Early Childhood Education fundamentals.

9. Project your respect for the welfare and safety of every child at the Centre, and the adherence of the Day Nursery Act as the minimum standard requirement.

10.Develop, stimulate and encourage the staff, parents and Board.

11. Maintain the confidentiality of children, families and staff in your individual programs.

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

Generic Skills Learning Outcomes
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: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/pepg/audiences/colleges/progstan/humserv/eerchedu.html#vocational1

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca 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 student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

Successful completion of at least four of the Early Childhood Education Administration subjects or approval from the ECE Program Coordinator. 

Students must have access to their My Seneca account and Seneca email to maintain correspondence with the Seneca field placement Supervisor. If you require support please contact the IT Service Desk  416.491.5050 ext. 22129  servicedesk@senecacollege.ca

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Students may be permitted to complete this practicum at their workplace providing this is approved by the Program Coordinator.
Seneca medical, police reference check, current First Aid / CPR Level C are required for all placement students.

Topic Outline

Mode of Instruction
1.  An introductory session with the Seneca Field Placement Supervisor.
2.  Discussion as needed with Seneca faculty via personal meeting or telephone contact.
3.  Field supervisory visits/calls.

Prescribed Texts
Students are encouraged to read all current articles and other related material that may impact their effectiveness in a supervisory role.

Handle with Care: Communicating in the Human Services Field in Canada, 5th Edition, 2013;
By Lucy Valentino; Nelson Education, ISBN#0-176504397

ELECT -"Early Learning Learning for Every Child Today- A framework for Ontario early childhood settings" http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/topics/earlychildhood/early_learning_for_every_child_today.pdf

Occupational Standards- http://www.ccsc-cssge.ca/english/research/occupationalstandards_ece.cfm

Reference Material

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
English Proficiency

Students are expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of effective communication skills in verbal presentations and group work.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts in both written and class discussions.

It is assumed that students have the theory knowledge from a minimum of 4 subjects.

Students who have not provided their field placement required documentation will received a grade of INC until the field placement documentation requirements have been met.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

20% - A journal is to be maintained on a regular basis.  The work should highlight any specific projects initiated by the students, as well as any developments the student deems important and that effects his/her dealings at the Centre.  It should also contain any charts, schedules, etc. that will help substantiate the day to day progress of the student in the supervisory role. 

10% - Plan and hold a staff meeting or prepare a staff newsletter.                                

10% - Plan and prepare a Parent Newsletter.                                                              

35% - Faculty evaluation of the student in placement based on one visit and one follow-up call to the supervisor.

25% - Centre evaluation completed at mid-term and final term on dates selected by the Centre's Supervisor.


Approved by: Sandra Noble