1.7 Assignment- Defining
Your Personal Early Childhood Philosopy
Outcome 3: Develop goals for the children and an ECE program which reflects your
Outcome 4: Apply your personal philosophy statement for early childhood education
to your program planning.
Value: 20% of total course marks
Part A – Due: End of Week 2 – 10%
Part B - Due: End of Week 13 - 10%
Part A – Early Childhood Philosophy Statement
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So far in
this module, you have reflected on your early childhood philosophy. At this
time, you are required to write a 3-4 page paper on your early childhood
Part A Instructions:
following questions to help you think about your beliefs regarding teaching
young children. It is not necessary to respond to all of these questions in
your written philosophy, but you will want to take some time to think with some
depth about each one. You may also decide to comment on additional issues as
do you want to become an early childhood education teacher?
type of teaching position do you hope to obtain, and why?
are your strongest characteristics or talents as a potential early
are the factors that influence your decision to pursue this career?
do you view young children? What is the child’s role in his/her education?
What do you believe about how young children learn?
do you view the role of the teacher? How will your views influence your
kind of environment do you hope to create in your future classroom? How
does this relate to your basic beliefs about young children and learning?
do you hope young children will become? What do you want them to achieve,
accomplish, learn, feel, etc.?
kind of feedback will you offer your students as they work? What kind of
assessment will you use to be sure that students have met objectives?
back at the history of early childhood education, who or what approaches
have the greatest impression on you, and why?
are you different now from the time that you wrote the autobiography paper
at the beginning of the term?
philosophy, be sure to consider how you are a “professional early childhood
teacher” (Katz, 1984).
Submitting your Assignment: Proceed to the next page to
submit Part A to the assignment drop box and to view the detailed grading
rubricLinks to an external site. for this part of the
assignment which can also be found in the Read Me First section of the
personal philosophy should directly affect your program planning. Carefully
consider, “What do I believe about children and how they learn?” The answer to
this question will guide your planning process and affect the environment that
you make available to children.
of your assignment will have two parts:
the early childhood philosophy statement that you wrote for Part A of this
assignment. As you work your way through the content in the course,
consider any changes you would like to make in your philosophy statement
as a result of your learning in this course? If you do not see any places
where you wish to make changes, then consider any shifts in emphasis that
you feel would be important in your work with preschool children. For
example, perhaps you didn’t see independence as that important in your philosophy
statement but now you can see that this is very important for preschool
on your philosophy, formulate goals for a group of preschool children (3-5
year-olds – but choose a specific age). Include two general
goals for children in each developmental area:
social, physical, emotional, creative, cognitive, language. Provide specific,
concrete goals which clearly outline the skills and abilities,
knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours the children will gain.
part of the assignment you need to keep in mind the Characteristics of
a Developmentally Appropriate Program mentioned earlier in this
module. Evidence of these seven characteristics should be included in your