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Early Childhood Development Aide

Overview

The Certificate in Early Childhood Development Aide is designed to provide entry level qualification to persons who currently work in the early childhood sector and persons who wish to train for entry level positions in the sector. The programme comprises of courses in Child Development and Care; Procedures and Regulations of the Early Childhood Sector; and Nutrition in the Early Childhood Years. The programme adheres to the philosophy of Competency-based Education and Training. The CVQ competency standards for Early Childhood Development will be the focus of the teaching learning experiences. Competency standards are industry-determined specifications of performance, which describe the skills, knowledge and attitudes required by a worker in the performance of a particular role in the workplace. The teaching, learning and assessment experiences are therefore designed to ensure the active involvement of learners in class and workplace settings.

Objectives

Competences

Programme Summary

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Foundations of Child Development

This module introduces learners to the foundational concepts in the field of child development. Topics will include ages and stages of development from conception to age eight years, domains of development, and relevant theorists. Learners will be expected to differentiate between physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development, and to identify characteristics of children at various stages of development.

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Observing Children and Documenting Findings

This unit provides for the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and attitude to carry out objective observations, documentation and reporting of information about all children. Learners will be expected to observe children in naturalistic settings, implement a variety of documentation methods including narrative records, time and behaviour sampling, and developmental checklists, and report information related to the development of all children.

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Child Abuse

The unit outlines the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect suffered by children and their family members in the Saint Lucia context. The course content includes safety of the child, legal responsibilities and the process used when a suspected case has been reported.

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Maintaining a Child-Oriented Environment

This module will provide learners with a foundation in establishing environments and learning centers that enhance children’s development and facilitate active exploration by providing developmentally and appropriate resources and materials. Learners will learn strategies to adapt the environment to meet the individual needs of children. Learners will also develop the knowledge and skills to provide a safe and stimulating physical environment for young children that maintains occupational health and safety standards.

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Facilitate Play and Leisure

In this module learners will be provided with strategies to guide individual children’s play and leisure, giving due regard to children’s ages, abilities, interests, cultures and languages. Students will learn to create environments that foster play and leisure by providing contextually appropriate play materials.

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Support the Appropriate Management of Children's Behaviour

This module covers knowledge and skills required to support appropriate management of children’s behaviour, including direct guidance strategies as well as indirect strategies such as the modification of programme plans and environments.

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Contribute to Children's Personal Hygiene and Maintain a Hygienic Environment

This module will outline how to maintain a hygienic environment and meet children’s personal hygiene needs. The focus of this module is on the toileting needs of children while in care.

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Respond to Illness in a Child and Preventing Illness

This module will introduce common childhood illnesses. The strategies to support and comfort children and families in times of illness will be discussed. Students will learn how to properly administer medication and complete necessary records. Illness prevention strategies will also be discussed.

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Provide Opportunities For Children To Rest or Sleep

In this module, learners will be introduced to creating an environment that is soothing and comfortable for children to rest throughout the day while in care. The importance of sleep and rest period will be discussed while keeping children’s and family needs in mind.

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Supervise The Safety of Children and Respond to Threats and Situations of Danger

In this module, the learners will develop the knowledge and skills to respond effectively to emergencies that are common in the early childhood field. They will learn to identify potential threats to children’s health and safety and follow appropriate protocol. Strategies to reduce risk will be discussed.

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Provision of Food and Drink

Learners will develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to meet the nutritional needs of children based on current Standards. Learners will examine how to prepare age appropriate, attractive and appetizing meals and snacks while taking children’s health, religious and cultural Competences into consideration.

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Food Safety

In this module, learners will be introduced to the appropriate food handling practices under the current Saint Lucian guidelines. Learners will also develop the competencies that would enable them to report inconsistencies in these practices.

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Maintain Nutrition Data and information System

This module is designed to enable learners to accurately document children’s eating habits including being able to identify concerns in children’s habits.