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Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programs for Preschool Children

Course Code: ECED 1220
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Online
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

This course provides theory and practical experience in creating safe and healthy play environments and programs for young children. A developmental and family-centred perspective will be the focus for determining individual responses to the guidance of young children.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of the course

  1. The environments that are created for children will have an impact on their learning and engagement in materials, adults and peers.
  2. Our view or image of children will shape the methods that we adopt to teach children, guide the focus of their interests and assist them in learning.
  3. Appropriate planning and provisioning of classroom environments will facilitate authentic child centred experiences.
  4. The potential and presentation of open-ended, authentic, aesthetic materials will enhance interactions with children, teaching and planning.
  5. Observation and documentation will assist teachers and parents in gaining insight into young children’s learning and can be used to inform planning.
  6. Developing healthy relationships with children is the basis for constructing knowledge.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Discussions
  • Observations of children
  • Modification of play based learning environments

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  This is a Master/Non-mastery course.

  1. Reflections on practice
  2. Written responses to readings
  3. Examinations and Reports
  4. Collaborative Planning
  5. Participation and Attendance

Learning Outcomes

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

Overriding goal:

Understanding environment as a basis for learning, and observing children's interactions in that environment as a basis for planning/teaching.

  • Understand roles and responsibilities at a logistical level
  • Develop an image of the child that emphasizes competence
  • Develop an understanding of the principles of room arrangement in terms of zones and centre proximity
  • Understand materials: authenticity, affordances, transparency and the role of the teacher in presenting open ended activities and authentic materials
  • Understand the process of observation and documentation
  • Understand the purpose of documentation (observation) and its link to planning
  • Understand the significance of developing relationships in relation to guidance and to planning curriculum (including talking with children).

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.