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Observing The Young Child

CHLD 1383

Observation as the primary method for gathering information about young children will be the focus of the course. Observation is a critical factor affecting the decision making processes in the early childhood setting. This course examines and practices observation techniques and methods. Observing and recording skills will assist with understanding children’s needs and interests which will impact pedagogy and curriculum as well as child guidance strategies. Students will deepen their understanding of child development and behaviours by translating theoretical knowledge into concrete actions and decisions for children in the early learning and care environment. Through introduction to a variety of information gathering strategies, students will learn to monitor children’s progress as well as ensuring effective communication and documenting processes. In addition, to positively influence children’s development and learning through developmentally appropriate practices.


Students MUST request activation and provide the required paperwork through the PPL field placement page in order to be given approval to register for this closed course.

Students are strongly encouraged to register for both the Observing the Young Child course and ECE Field Placement I & Seminar in the same semester, as the same documentation and agency approval is required for both courses.


  • CHLD 1201
  • CHLD 1303


  • (CHLD 2380 Child Development I
  • Or CHLD 1100 Child Development 1 )
  • And (COMM 1803 Communication Foundations - Health & Community Services
  • Or COMM 1884 Communication Foundations
  • Or COMM 1780 Communication Essentials

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CRN Day Date Time Hours Location/
Delivery Method
Instructor Fee Availability
11153January 16, 2024 to April 23, 202412:00 am - 12:00 am28Distance EducationLee Anne Eveline$176.68CLOSEDNotify Me
11148May 14, 2024 to August 20, 202412:00 am - 12:00 am28Distance EducationLee Anne Eveline$176.40CLOSEDNotify Me