COURSE CODE: JBTE/ECCD 101
COURSE TITLE: Child Development: Birth through Eight-Years-Old
DURATION: 45 hours
PRE-REQUISITE: College Matriculation
Developmentally appropriate practice in the socialization and education of young children derive from principles of child growth and development that are firmly grounded in theoretical concepts and empirical research. Such knowledge includes the nature of developmental and behavioral characteristics at different ages and stages of the growth and maturation process.
This course places emphasis on the inter-relatedness of developmental domains to enable student-teachers to see the child, including the child with special needs, as a “whole” person and to understand how holistic growth can be fostered in the early childhood classroom. Play is promoted as an inherently natural childhood activity that stimulates growing and learning. The course also introduces key research and emerging issues relevant to the Eastern Caribbean context, and encourages student-teachers to reflect on their own experiences of childhood, as well as to relate theoretical concepts to real-life situations.
The appropriate training and education of early childhood teachers can make a significant contribution to children’s growth, development, and learning. If teachers are to be effective in their roles as facilitators of the total development and learning of young children, they must understand the normal milestones and processes of development and thus be able to detect and act on early signs of possible emerging developmental challenges in children.
Teachers must also understand the important features of the environmental contexts that surround the developing child, e.g., physical, sociocultural, economical, and moral, and how these contexts inter-act in shaping the emerging personality of the child. Teachers must be constantly award of how their own attitudes and behavior can impact the learning outcomes of each with whom they come in contact. Each teacher will be better able to relate and respond appropriately to the needs and sensitivities of each child by honing this knowledge and reflecting on personal experiences. This course provides the teacher with adequate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to demonstrate the necessary competencies for promoting and advancing young children’s holistic growth.