BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECL-154 - Guiding & Caring for Young Children - 3.00 Credits

AECL-154 - Guiding & Caring for Young Children - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The course, Guiding and Caring for Young Children, provides learners with practical skills for use in Early Childhood Education programs. Learners create strategies and develop skills for showing care and guiding young children's behaviour. Both mainstream and traditional Aboriginal concepts of guidance are explored.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : Admission to the program.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • Describe traditional and contemporary Aboriginal beliefs regarding the behaviour and guidance of young children and create developmentally appropriate expectations for child development and behaviour.

  • Develop theoretically based approaches to guidance and discipline in both mainstream and Aboriginal ECE programs.

  • Discuss ways to develop consistent relationships between children, families, and caregivers.

  • Understand the role of the teacher in guiding young children's behaviour through developmentally appropriate, consistent, and positive approaches. Understand the need to share this responsibility with other care workers.

  • Plan ways to help children develop a positive self concept from both a mainstream and Aboriginal perspective.

  • Describe how to respond to challenging social behaviours and discuss information about individual children with other caregivers using discretion and respect.

  • Develop skills in generating policies for collaboration with individuals and families in cases where high level intervention strategies are used.

  • Describe ways to observe, respond, and identify with children's emotional needs.

  • Express a personal philosophy regarding the role of the teacher and guidance of young children's behaviour in both a mainstream and Aboriginal program.

  • Compare and contrast Aboriginal beliefs and mainstream theories surrounding play.

  • Encourage children to openly express their positive and negative feelings through a range of verbal, non-verbal, and culturally based communication styles.

  • Communicate with individual children in a style, manner, pace, and level that is appropriate to their needs while using supportive and positive language and congruent verbal messages.

  • Discuss ways to encourage children to share their feelings and ideas with their peers, caregivers, and parents. Explain how culture can affect the ways children share their feelings and ideas.

  • Support children to make decisions and solve problems in a developmentally appropriate manner. Discus the role of culture in decision making and problem solving.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Hildebrand, Veronica. Patricia F. Hearro. Guiding Young Children. Current Edition. New Jersey. Prentice-Hall Inc.
  • Kaiser, Barbara,. Judy Sklar Raminsky. Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviours in Early Childhood Environments. Current Edition. Ottawa. Canadian Child Care Federation.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 31, 2012.