Course description

This course explores the partnership between early years' professionals and the families of children enrolled in early learning and care, education, and family-focused programs. Students will examine the structural, cultural, and developmental diversities of families in order to validate them as the primary support for children and their learning. Students will articulate the role of the educator in establishing and maintaining strong reciprocal relationships with families that are compatible with ethical and professional obligations. They will explore and practice engaging strategies that highlight the development of communication skills and emphasize collaboration with families. As future educators, students will engage in self-reflection to understand the significance of their role in working with families in early learning settings.    

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Winter 2023 registration opens November 28, 2022. Spring 2023 registration opens February 27, 2023.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements

Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery