Students examine developmental milestones and the identification and description of behavioural indicators of disorders. Issues that relate to biological, psychological and sociological risks are introduced such as, substance abuse, neglect, abuse, pregnancy, family disruptions and trauma. Students apply theories of growth and development to child and youth care practice and consider factors that contribute to environmental strengths and challenges in children from birth to age twelve.
Students registering for credit courses for the first time must declare a program at the point of registration. Declaring a program does not necessarily mean students must complete a program, individual courses may be taken for skill improvement and upgrading.