BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECE-210 - Working With Families - 3.00 Credits

AECE-210 - Working With Families - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will examine public policy, social issues, and personal attitudes and values as they relate to children and families in a childcare setting. An emphasis will be placed on the influence of family, culture and community within the context of Aboriginal and other settings. Students learn that family dynamics and challenges are central to positive and empowering relationships.
Part of the:
  • CAREER TRAINING (EDUCATION) Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Diploma - Year 2 Spring
  • Prerequisites : AECE Certificate or equivalent.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50%, Mid Term Exam 20%, Final Exam 30%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. discuss cultural and family diversity;
    2. list support systems, resources and referral services available for children and families;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of families dynamics by:
  • defining and describing families;

  • comparing member roles and rules;

  • outlining family transitions;

  • 4. develop a perspective on family challenges by:
  • defining family challenges;

  • defining attitudes and feelings;

  • defining the role of the EC professional in supporting parents and children around challenges;

  • 5. analyze parental involvement in child care settings;
    6. develop strategies to prevent or resolve situations where conflict or tension may arise;
    7. construct parent and staff collaborative strategies; and
    8. implement family involvement in policy and programming decisions with respect to diversity.
    9. develop personal and professional development by:
  • evaluating professional practice;

  • developing personal and professional goals and implementation strategies;
  • evaluating and revising the personal and professional development plan;
  • defining a personal wellness plan;
  • participating in professional and other child care organizations;

  • 10. develop an understanding about government mandates and jurisdictions, current licensing and registration regulations, freedom of information and privacy regulations, Child, Family and Community Services Act, and organizational structure, authority and procedures for provincial and local Community Care Facilities licensing;
    11. explain how to implement good practice and current government related policies, programs and procedures by developing, implementing, and maintain strategies to access information about government policies and procedures, by sharing information with stakeholders, by developing contacts with government agencies, and by assessing the impact of government policies , programs, and procedures within school and practicum;
    12. outline the needs of the community with regards to
  • assessing the service-based needs;
  • identifying gaps in the community;

  • recommending change and how to change to the appropriate decision-makers;

  • identifying and analyzing related issues that impact children, families and communities;

  • 13. construct an inventory of evaluation strategies to monitor the effectiveness of and quality of service including family and community support and be able to appraise the evaluations based on government requirements; and
    14. analyze issues related to childcare and create ways to advocate to the public, government and other decision-makers about childcare.
    Text and Materials:
  • Shimoni, R.,Baxter., J.M. (current edition). Working with families: Perspectives for early childhood. Don Mills, ON: Addison-Wesley.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits:
    Other Information: Education Council approved Jan 2008.