ECE416 - Field Placement: Inclusive Community Practices

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Subject Title
Field Placement: Inclusive Community Practices

Subject Description
Students will complete two full days per week of field practice throughout the semester, in an inclusive early childhood field placement. Students will draw from their knowledge of child development and their insights into individual children to plan, implement and reflect on developmentally appropriate investigations for individuals and the entire group.  Students will design environments and emergent curriculum that is inclusive, play-based, meaningful and responsive to children?s interests and ideas. The role of the reflective practitioner as researcher, collaborator, documenter and supporter of learning will be practiced. Learning experiences that connect children with nature will be planned, implemented and evaluated. Students must consistently demonstrate skills in: professionalism, keeping children safe and healthy, appropriate program planning, facilitation of learning, problem solving, positive behaviour guidance, and effective communication with children, teachers, parents and other adults.

If at any time a student jeopardizes the emotional well-being, health or safety of a child through actions or behaviours and the supervising professor determines that the student is not capable of the required level of independent functioning, the student may be withdrawn from placement and may fail the course.  The student may also be asked to leave the program.


Students must have copies of their medical, standard first aid / CPR level C and Vulnerable Sector Screen in order to begin placement. Failure to provide these documents will delay the placement start date and missed days/hours will need to be made up.

Credit Status
ECE 416 is an Early Childhood Education Diploma Program prescribed subject. To obtain credit, both ECE 416 and ECE 413 must be completed at a passing level.

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

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to demonstrate the following specific learning outcomes at an entry to practice level


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

  1. Demonstrate professional practice consistently
  2. Integrate strategies to protect children’s physical and emotional health and safety in an early learning and care environment.
  3. Establish positive, responsive relationships with children, co-workers, supervisors, and families.
  4. Apply classroom theories to field placement practices
  5. Conduct play-based learning opportunities that are based on documented observations of children’s interests and development.
  6. Demonstrate inclusion practices in an early learning and care environment.
  7. Integrate a variety of positive guidance strategies appropriate for children in an early learning and care setting.


The outcomes listed in bold font indicate which outcomes are focused on in this subject. 
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Design, implement and evaluate inclusive and play-based early learning curriculum* and programs that support children’s holistic development and are responsive to individual children’s and groups of children’s observed abilities, interests and ideas.
  2. Establish and maintain inclusive* early learning environments* that support diverse*, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children* and their families*.
  3. Select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children’s* learning across the continuum of early childhood development*
  4. Establish and maintain responsive relationships* with individual children*, groups of children* and families*
  5. Assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments* which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence-based practices* in early learning.
  6. Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children*, families*, colleagues, employers, and community partners.
  7. Identify, select and apply relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, policies and evidence-based practice* guidelines, and interpret their impact on a variety of early learning environments*.
  8. Apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards* of early childhood education practice.
  9. Advocate* for quality early learning environments* and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families* and community partners to establish and promote such settings.
  10. Engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices* in early learning and related fields.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.