This is an entry-level qualification for those who want to enter the field of Education, Training and Development, specifically within the sub-field of Early Childhood Development (ECD). ... Plan and prepare for Early Childhood Development. Facilitate and monitor the development of babies, toddlers and young children.By playing and learning together, children build their social skills, language skills, and self-control. ... Thinking, or cognitive, skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems. As young children explore, ask questions, and create, they improve their thinking skills.
The Aflatot curriculum is for young children who have not yet entered primary school, usually between three to six years old. It provides an early childhood education programme that lays the foundation for social and financial literacy. The programme builds on the evidence in early childhood education that such early investments provide children with advantages that are amplified and reinforced over time.
Early childhood is the most critical time for positive intervention. Children’s development during this stage is strongly affected by their environment, and that effect continues to exert a strong influence on the rest of their lives. It is of the utmost importance that educational and life skills programmes such as Aflatot also begin at this early stage.Covers an overview of the history of early childhood education; theoretical models; different types of early childhood programs; community resources; professional organizations; contemporary trends, and issues facing the early childhood educational field. Students have the opportunity to practice observation skills and explore a variety of tools to record and assess student behavior, teachers, and the environment of young children. Students establish their own sense of professionalism and strengthen their professional voice by connecting to the literature, organizations and resources in the field by articulating their personal philosophy of early childhood education. Course content is applicable to infant and toddler programs, preschool programs, kindergarten and primary education. Field work is required.The first three years of life are a time of amazing growth and development. Based on research in neuroscience, this course explores the importance of early relationships and how they promote healthy brain development. Students gain in-depth appreciation and understanding this unique stage of life and a vision for high quality care and early education. Emphasis is placed on child observations, analysis and reflection as important components in the application of teaching practices in developmentally appropriate early childhood programs. Current understandings of infant/toddler mental health are used to support students understanding of infant-parent/caregiver attachment and the effects of trauma and stress in infancY.Emphasizes the importance of becoming a culturally competent educator able to teach to diverse learning styles, culturally and linguistically diverse learners, children with diverse abilities and from vastly different family backgrounds. Students reflect on their personal biases and deepen their understanding of cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, language, and learning differences in order to create inclusive learning environments, build stronger relationships with students and families, and to adapt their teaching practices to meet the needs of each learner. Aspects of diversity are explored including economic/social class, sex, gender identity, race/ethnicity/nationality, religion, ability, body appearance, language, learning style, family composition. Students learn to employ multicultural, developmentally appropriate practices as a means of developing classroom environments that support the concepts of culture, diversity, equity, social justice, and democracy in early childhood settings and in collaboration with families.
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