Family Child Care Provider I
I. Course Prefix/Number: ECE 165
Course Name: Family Child Care Provider I
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course explores the professional role of the home child care provider. Content includes legal and ethical responsibilities of provider; relationship with families and the local community; effective group management; creating a healthy learning environment and workable daily schedule; planning appropriate activities.
IV. Learning Objectives
Students who successfully complete this course will:
- Explain the role of a family child care provider, including professional and legal responsibilities.
- Identify and explain how to incorporate components of a healthy and safe environment for children in care.
- Apply theories of child development and their relationship to the care of children 0 – 8 years in a home setting.
- Identify ways to plan age appropriate activities for children that include music, movement, math, science, art, language arts, social studies, and technology.
- Explain methods of observing the development of young children, how this relates to planning activities, and how to share this information with families.
- Demonstrate how to design an environment for multi-age groups that can be adapted to a family care setting.
- Describe ways to develop positive relationships with families, respect the culture and specific needs of each family, and identify strategies for effective communication.
- Identify principles of positive guidance and its use in group management.
- Identify community resources for families, including access to support for children with special Needs and the development of IFSPs and IEPs for children in care.
In addition to the objectives listed above, this course also meets the following Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and National Association for the Education of Young Children Teaching Standards.
|STANDARD 2 – Content Area and Pedagogical Knowledge – The competent teacher has an in-depth understanding of content area knowledge that includes central concepts, methods, structures of the disciplines, and content area literacy. The teacher creates meaningful learning experiences for each student based upon interactions among content area and pedagogical knowledge, and evidence-based practice.|
Knowledge indicators – The competent teacher:
|2A)||understands theories and philosophies of learning and human development as they relate to the range of students in the classroom;|
|2C)||understands the cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning (e.g. critical and creative thinking, problem-structuring and problem-solving, invention, memorization, and recall) and ensures attention to these learning processes so that students can master content standards;|
STANDARD 3 – Planning for Differentiated Instruction – The competent teacher plans and designs instruction based on content area knowledge, diverse student characteristics, student performance data, curriculum goals, and the community context. The teacher plans for ongoing student growth and achievement.
Knowledge indicators – The competent teacher:
|3A)||understands the Illinois Learning Standards (23 Ill. Adm. Code 1. Appendix D), curriculum development process, content, learning theory, assessment, and student development and knows how to incorporate this knowledge in planning differentiated instruction;|
|3B)||understands how to develop short- and long-range plans, including transition plans, consistent with curriculum goals, student diversity, and learning theory;|
STANDARD 4 – Learning Environment – The competent teacher structures a safe and healthy learning environment that facilitates cultural and linguistic responsiveness, emotional well-being, self-efficacy, positive social interaction, mutual respect, active engagement, academic risk-taking, self-motivation, and personal goal-setting.
Knowledge indicators – The competent teacher:
|4A)||understands principles of and strategies for effective classroom and behavior management;|
|4C)||understands how to help students work cooperatively and productively in groups;|
STANDARD 5 – Instructional Delivery – The competent teacher differentiates instruction by using a variety of strategies that support critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and continuous growth and learning. This teacher understands that the classroom is a dynamic environment requiring ongoing modification of instruction to enhance learning for each student.
Knowledge indicator – The competent teacher:
|5A)||understands the cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning.|
STANDARD 8 – Collaborative Relationships – The competent teacher builds and maintains collaborative relationships to foster cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social and emotional development. This teacher works as a team member with professional colleagues, students, parents or guardians, and community members.
Knowledge Indicators – The competent teacher:
|8A)||understands school as organization with the larger community context;|
|8B)||understands the collaborative process and the skills necessary to initiate and carry out that process.|
|8D)||understands the benefits, barriers, and techniques involved in parent and family collaborations;|
|8E)||understands school- and work-based learning environments and the need for collaboration with all organizations (e.g. businesses, community agencies, nonprofit organizations) to enhance student learning.|
|8F)||understands the importance of participating on collaborative and problem-solving teams to create effective academic and behavioral interventions for all students.|
|STANDARD 1. Promoting Child Development and Learning|
|Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs are grounded in a child development knowledge base. They use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.|
Key elements of STANDARD 1
|1A)||Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8|
|1B)||Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on early development and learning|
|1C)||Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.|
STANDARD 2 – Building Family and Community Relationships
|Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand that successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with children’s families and communities. They know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities. They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.|
Key elements of STANDARD 2
|2A)||Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics|
|2B)||Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.|
|2C)||Involving families and communities in young children’s development and learning.|
STANDARD 4. Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
|Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand that teaching and learning with young children is a complex enterprise, and its details vary depending on children’s ages, characteristics, and the settings within which teaching and learning occur. They understand and use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children and families. Candidates know, understand, and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.|
Key elements of STANDARD 4
|4A)||Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children|
|4B)||Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology|
|4C)||Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches|
|4D)||Reflecting on own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.|
STANDARD 5 – Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaning Curriculum
|Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs use their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for each and every young child. Candidates understand the importance of developmental domains and academic (or content) disciplines in early childhood curriculum. They know the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas, including academic subjects, and can identify resources to deepen their understanding. Candidates use their own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.|
Key elements of STANDARD 5
|5A)||Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines: language and literacy; the arts – music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science, physical activity, physical education, health and safety; and social studies.|
|5C)||Using own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.|
STANDARD 6. Becoming a Professional
|Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs identify and conduct themselves as members or the early childhood profession. They know and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice. They are continuous, collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives on their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources. They are informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.|
Key elements of STANDARD 6
|6A)||Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field|
|6B)||Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other early childhood professional guidelines|
|6C)||Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource|
|6D)||Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.|
|6E)||Engaging in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.|
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- What is Home Day Care?
- Family and Care Giver Together
- Responsibilities to each other
- Characteristics of Children from Infancy to School Age
- Characteristics of infants
- Characteristics of toddlers
- Characteristics of pre-schoolers
- Characteristics of school age children
- Relationship with Child and Caregiver
- Establishing trust
- Activities for Children
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Media Presentations
- Hands on Activities
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid, or on line course.
- Oral Presentations
IX. Instructional Materials
Up to the instructor’s discretion.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.