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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 are required to find a Licensed Child Care Centre to perform the observing hours
  • Children must be between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5
  • 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 majority of the documentation is required for both courses

How to register for this course

This course has been permanently set to "closed" and/or "waitlisted" on our website. This course is running and may still have seats available.

You must receive permission to register by following the steps below.

  1. Please visit the Continuing Education Field Placement Pageand follow the instructions to request DC Connect Activation to access the Pre-Observation Paperwork module in order to upload your paperwork.
  2. Upload all documentation to the DC Connect module by the deadline noted on the field placement page (approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the course start date)

Once your paperwork has been reviewed & approved, you will receive an email to your account providing permission to register. Instructions on how to register will be provided in this email.

If you have questions about these instructions, please email


  • CHLD 1303


  • (CHLD 2380 Child Development I
  • 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 Instructor Fee Availability
1119812-MAY-20 to 18-AUG-2012:00 am - 12:01 am28Distance Education Lee Anne Eveline$176.68
1126308-SEP-20 to 15-DEC-2012:00 am - 12:01 am28Distance Education Lee Anne Eveline$176.68
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