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ECE 215 - Infant Toddler Techniques
Course examines patterns of growth and development in the child from birth to age three. Content includes specific needs of infants and toddlers in light of current research; safety measures; family and cultural dynamics; and planning developmentally appropriate activities. Five hours supervised experience with infants, toddlers, and their families required.
ECE 102 with minimum grade of C or consent of instructor or department chair.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: 1. Explain the developmental trajectory of children birth to three and outlines realistic expectations for infant/toddler knowledge, capabilities and behaviors. 2. Describe ways that attachment, development, and learning, prenatal-age 3, are influenced by early environments and experiences (e.g., adult/child interaction, opportunities for exploration). 3. Describe individual differences in infants and toddler’s interactions with and responses to the physical and social world. 4. Identify how early relationships with and among caregivers influence healthy development and learning, prenatal-age 3. 5. Explain interrelationship between unique developmental trajectories and early relationships (e.g. attachment, trust) with primary caregivers on infant and toddler development, learning, mental health, and well-being. 6. Identify infant/toddler mental health, nutritional and safety concerns. 7. Engage in developmentally, individually, and culturally responsive interactions with infants/toddlers. 8. Create safe and appropriate eating environments (nutrition, interactions) support healthy development, learning, mental health, and well-being. 9. Develop safe indoor and outdoor play environments for infants and toddlers. 10. Identify the importance of healthy relationships in nurturing the development, learning, mental-health, and well-being and how these can be integrated into daily routines. 11. Describe interactions and strategies that support healthy infant/toddler development, learning, mental health, and well-being and how these can be integrated into daily routines. 12. Engage in interactions, embedded in daily routines and activities, supportive of developing and maintaining nurturing relationships with infants and toddlers. 13. Describe the inter-relationship between children, family, practitioners, and community contexts, their influence on families’ approaches to parenting children birth to age three, and the impact on family-practitioner collaboration. 14. Demonstrate behavior that reflects confidentiality and awareness of the unique role of providing services to infants/toddlers and their families. 15. Engage in interactions and demonstrate practice with children, families, and practitioners reflective of a strengths-based, family-centered, relationship-based approach. 16. Collaborate with families to nurture healthy development, learning, mental health and well-being within and between infant and toddler social and cultural contexts. 17. Identify own strengths, opportunities for growth, and values regarding working with infants and toddlers and their families. 18. Use relationship-based strategies to develop and maintain positive, responsive, respectful relationships with families. In addition to the objectives listed above, this course also meets the following Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Infant Toddler Credential Competencies, Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards.
Oakton Community College: 1600 East Golf Road Des Plaines, IL 60016 Phone: 8476351971