programme

Child Care, Development and Well Being

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSVS1EC1024

Semester and Year Offered: Semester-1, Monsoon 2017

Course Coordinator and Team: Sheetal Nagpal, Sunita Singh and Fariha Siddiqui

Email of course coordinator: fariha@aud.ac.in

Pre-requisites: None

Objectives:

The objectives of the course are to help students to:

  • Understand the basic concepts and principles of ‘child development’.
  • Understand the development of children in different domains in the early years of life.
  • Know milestones of different age-groups.
  • Know about the concepts of ‘care’ and, ‘wellbeing’ and factors influencing wellbeing of children across contexts.
  • Realize the importance of consistent and responsive care giving in the early years and learn ways to do it.
  • Develop an understanding of skills of child care from infancy up to middle childhood years.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a caregiver

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define concepts and principles of ‘child development’.
  • Describe development of children in different domains in the early years of life.
  • List milestones of different age-groups
  • Analyse and list importance of responsive care giving in the early years and learn ways to do it Examine family dynamics and child rearing practices in Indian context
  • Reflect on the varied needs of children in different contexts and develop an understanding of working with them.
  • Define the roles and skill set required by caregiver
  • Know the importance of routines and schedules in childhood years

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Module 1 Basic ideas in child development

The module begins by describing the basic concepts such as child development, difference between growth and development, principles of development, stages and domains of development, developmental milestones, critical and sensitive periods in development and the significance of early years in the holistic development of children. Factors influencing the development of children across contexts will be discussed in detail. The theoretical perspectives given by Piaget, Vygotsky, Freud, Erikson, Bowlby and Bronfenbrenner related to children’s development in cognitive and socio-emotional domains will also be described. Methods of studying children’s development will also be discussed.

Module 2 Development of children in the early years

This module describes the development of children from infancy upto middle childhood years in physical, motor, cognitive, language and socio-emotional domains. It is important for the students to build knowledge regarding the development of children in different domains to be sensitive caregivers in future. The module also suggests activities to be undertaken by the caregivers for the optimal development of children in the early years.

Module 3 Ensuring ‘care’ and ‘wellbeing’ of children in the early years

This module describes the concepts of ‘care’ and ‘wellbeing’, components of wellbeing, factors influencing wellbeing of children in varied contexts, components of care and the responsibilities of the caregivers in the early childhood child care settings. Thereafter, the module discusses the significance of warm and consistent caregiving for the development of attachment bond with babies. It dwells upon the need for establishing child centered schedules and caregiving routines and discusses specific caregiver roles during each part of the day for infants and toddlers. The care of preschool age and older children in the child care setting and the role of caregiver in enhancing social competence of children are also discussed.

Assessment Details with weights:

S. No.

Assignment

Weight

1.

Written report

25%

2.

Observation using a checklist.

25%

3.

Term End Exam   

40%

4.

Attendance and in-class participation.

10%

 

Reading List:

Berk, L., E. (1998).Development through the life span.Allyn& Bacon.

Chapter 1 History, theory and research strategies (pp.2-26)

Santrock, J.W. (2007). Life Span Development (13th ed.). New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill.

Chapter 1 The life-span perspective (pp. 2-48).

Meggitt, C. (2012). Understanding Child Development. Teach Yourself. UK: Hachette. Chapter 1, 9 &10.

Singh, A. (Ed). (2015). Foundations of Human Development: A life span approach. New

Delhi: Orient Black Swan. Chapter 1 Basic ideas in human development (pp.1-24)

Meggitt, C. (2012). Understanding Child Development. Teach Yourself. UK: Hachette. Chapters 2 to 8.

Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development.(n.d.)Unpacking Care: Protecting

Early Childhood.ECED Brief-1.

Click, P.M., Parker, J. (2011).Caring for School-Age Children.Cengage Learning.

Chapter 1 Caregivers: Who are they (pp 3-14)

Chapter 3 Families where children are nurtured (pp. 33-43)

Chapter 7 Helping children develop social competence (pp. 97-126)

Honig A. S. (2002).Secure Relationships: Nurturing Infant/Toddler Attachment in Early Care Settings.Washington, D.C.: NAEYC. Chapter 1 & Chapter 2.

Jacalyn, P., Hohmann, M. (2000).Tender Care and Early Learning: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Settings. Ypsilanti, MI: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.

Chapter 2. Supportive Adult-Child Interactions

Chapter 4. Establishing Schedules and Routines for Infants and Toddlers

Meggitt, C & Bruce, T. (2015).CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator), Hachette: UK. Unit 2. Child Health and Wellbeing

Santosh, S. (2011).Baby & Child Care.Unicorn Books

ADDITIONAL REFERENCE:

Newman, B. M. and Newman, P.H. (2007).Theories of Human Development. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, publishers.

Papalia, D. E. and Olds, S. W. (2003).Human Development. New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education.

Singh, A. (Ed). (2015). Foundations of Human Development: A life span approach. NewDelhi: Orient BlackSwan. Chapter 1 Basic ideas in human development (pp.1-24)

Berk, L., E. (1998).Development through the life span.Allyn& Bacon.

Meggitt, C. (2006).Child Development: An Illustrated Guide.Heinemann

Papalia, D. E. and Olds, S. W. (2003).Human Development. New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education.

Santrock, J.W. (2007). Life Span Development (13th ed.). New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill.

Singh, A. (Ed). (2015). Foundations of Human Development: A life span approach. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2002).Best Principles for early childhood systems of care. Washington, DC: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Retrieved from: https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/docs/clinical_practice_center/systems_of_care/Best_Principles_for_Early_Childhood_SOC.pdf

Association for Child and Youth Care Practices (1995).Ethics of Child and Youth Care Professionals. Retrieved from https://nspn.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/NSPN/child%20%20youth%20care%20ethics.pdf

Bassett, M. M. (1995). Infant and Child Care Skills.Delmar Publications.292 p.Engle, P.L., Young, M.E. &Tamburlini, G. (2013). The role of health sector in early childhood development. In P.R. Britto, P.L.Engle& C.M. Super (Eds.).Handbook of early childhood development research and its impact on global policy (pp. 183-201). New York: Oxford University Press.

Engle, P.L., Rao, N. &Petrovic, O. (2013). Situational analysis of young children in a changing world. In P.R. Britto, P.L.Engle& C.M. Super (Eds.).Handbook of early childhood development research and its impact on global policy (pp. 35-64). New York: Oxford University Press.

Exenberger, E.,Juen, B. (2013).Well-Being, Resilience and Quality of Life from Children’s Perspectives: A Contextualized Approach. Springer Science & Business Media.Chapter 1 Social Indicators and the concepts of quality of life, subjective wellbeing and resilience. (pp.1-10)

FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy. (2005). Ten Components of Quality Child Care. Florida: Florida State University. Retrieved 10 March, 2017 from http://www.wnychildren.org/portals/0/10%20components%20to%20quality%20child%20care.pdf

Spock, B. (1992). Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care.Pocket Books.