Seels BOSS Training Syllabus

Builders of Own School and Support (BOSS) Associate Course in Early Childhood Development

Brief Description

The BOSS Associate Course in Early Childhood Development is the starter course for migrants of nations living in Japan with the aim of teaching English to their own and Japanese children as a step to build BOSS branded schools while in Japan and back to the homeland. It aims at orienting students to the field and fundamental concepts of child development and English mentoring. At the same time, it is a social business initiative for income and employment generation for foreign migrants living in the country.

The course provides information based on each area of development, including the factors that are crucial for each child's stages of development. This course has a special focus and training in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) and in using SEELS designed hybrid English language program consisting of Dr. Maria Montessori education philosophies and the multisensorial Jolly Phonics (UK) system.

It is indeed a preparatory course specifically for SEELS Teachers Academy’s students, but open to all interested in early childhood education, to startup teaching to preschoolers using the system and brand of SEELS-BOSS schools. Free use of SEELS-Jolly English School brand sharing is among the benefits after completing this course.

In respect to other SEELS school brands namely SEELS Montessori English Phonics School and Montessori E-STEAM (English, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Preschool, both require having SEELS diploma and SEELS TESOL certificate. In addition, the use of SEELS curriculum, lesson plans, teaching resources, job hunting, and funding support (based on availability of SEELS Co., Ltd. surplus profit) are among the benefits of SEELS Teachers Academy courses graduates.

1 Module

Foundations of Child Development

  • Principles of Child Growth and Development

  • Child development theories

  • Physical growth, motor development and healthcare

  • Socio-emotional development

    *socialization (formal, informal, agents of socialization)

    *nature and types of children's emotion

    *factors affecting children's emotional development

    *helping children acquire emotional stability

  • Cognitive development

    *content/stages of cognitive growth in children

    *View of Piaget, Bloom’s taxonomy, Lev Vygotsky’s ZPD

  • Language development

    *defining language development

    *guiding young children’s language skills focusing on Teaching English to Young Learners

  • Difference between discipline and guidance

2 Module

Behavior Management

  • How Children Grow

  • Principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practices

  • DAP Teaching Strategies

  • Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education

  • Emerging Literacy Games and Activities

  • Storytelling and Literature-Based Activities

  • Curriculum Connection

3 Module

Classroom Management

  • A Day in the Life of a Preschool Class/Managing a Preschool (BOSS) Class

  • Importance of Transitions

  • Create a comfortable and secure Montessori classroom environment conducive to learning for young learners.

  • Design and implement a daily routine of activities for children to develop their understanding on the concept of time and learn sequencing


Observing and Assessing Children

  • Define assessment and its importance to Children, families, early childhood programs , and early childhood educators.

  • Methods of assessment and evaluation

  • Identify methods of assessment appropriate in placing children to the next level


Training on First Aid


Parents Communication and the Conduct of Demo Lessons

Closing: Being a Visionary Educator.

Total No, of Hours: 72-hour

  • 1. To orient students to the field of Child Development, its nature and scope.

  • 2. To help students to develop the knowledge base and understanding of:

    a) Basic concepts in Child Development i.e growth, development, maturation, learning, heredity, environment, and development task.

    b) Basic concepts in Child Development i.,e.,growth, development, maturation, learning, heredity, environment, developmental tasks. Principles of growth and development and its determinants.

  • 3. To provide a knowledge base of major areas of development – physical, motor,social, emotional, cognitive and language development.

  • 4. To understand the relationship between physical growth, nutrition and health with emphasis on the Japanese context, socio-emotional development.

    a) Components and stages of social development.

    b) Productive and receptive language skills.

    c) Sequence of language development including its social and cultural aspects.

    d) Relationship between language and thought.

    e) Guiding young children's language skills with special reference to bilingual and multilingual children.

    f) To equip students with teaching tools and materials to startup English teaching.