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Assessing The Developmental Needs of The Children in Your Care

Assessing the Developmental needs of the children in your Child Care program is a great way to determine if your program is meeting the Developmental needs of the children in your care.

According to Zero-to-Three Organization, “A developmental assessment is a process designed to deepen understanding of a child’s competencies and resources, and of the care giving and learning environments most likely to help a child make fullest use of his or her developmental potential.”

At the beginning of every preschool year I require that parents send a 3-ring binder  to preschool with  their children. We call that 3-ring binder a Portfolio. A portfolio is an organized way of keeping track of a child’s developmental progress.

In each child’s portfolio, we store samples of: class work (art, handwriting,etc), classroom observations, photos and developmental assessment forms. We review the portfolio with the parents in the form of a parent-teacher conference in November of every preschool year.

If you are not already conducting developmental assessments, I want to inspire you to start now. Developmental assessments, adds a sense of  purpose to learning and play in your program.

In fact, you will find that parents will appreciate you and your staff for taking the extra time to assess their child’s developmental progress.

Do you need a sample assessment form? Here is a link to a sample developmental assessment form, click here.

Also, it is important that you plan activities that are Developmentally Appropriate for each age group. Planning Developmentally appropriate activities, helps children to progress accordingly.

Do you Need Developmentally appropriate lesson plans? If so, join the Child Care Business Owner Curriculum Club!

Til Next time….

Shiketa

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Is Your Child Care Business Preparing Children for School Readiness?

Ensuring that children are ready for successful school experiences is one of the most pressing issues in early childhood policy and practice. `NAEYC

One of the top questions that parents ask me is: “Will my child be ready for Kindergarten?” And I simply reply, Yes!

In fact, I can honestly reply with a confident YES, because in my preschool program we are always focusing on meeting the developmental needs of each child and taking the necessary steps to prepare children for school readiness.

If you are worried that your program may not be preparing the children in your program for school readiness, I suggest that you contact your local school district and review their kindergarten requirements.Also, check out this article on School Readiness by NAEYC, Click here

However, it is more important, to be sure that the children in your care are provided with developmentally appropriate experiences, because this is a step to assuring that the children in your program are be prepared for school success!

Furthermore, now when parents ask you if your program prepares children for school, you can honestly answer by saying… Yes!!

Check out this video below

(The video speaks to the parent, however, it’s a great video for the caregiver as well)

To Your Success,

Shiketa

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