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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

How to Create a Mind Stimulating Environment For Young Children

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According to the National Centers for Education in Maternal and Child Health, “Environments that are stimulating for babies and young children up to age 5 are filled with safe objects to explore, allow freedom of movement, and provide a variety of experiences. A stimulating environment can be created in one room of a home, in a home child care setting, or in a center-based environment. Moreover, the most important aspect of a stimulating environment is a caregiver (or caregivers) who can create inviting, challenging play spaces in which to interact with babies and young children, can set limits and be emotionally available to babies and young children, and can read babies’ and young children’s cues and support them when they become overstimulated, fatigued, or bored. “

Today I want to inspire you create a space or classroom (s) that stimulate the mind of young children. In fact, if children are not allowed to freely explore the materials in their environment and are not able to reach the materials in their environment; their minds are not being stimulated.

In my 14 years of setting up environments for young children and studying brain development, I know the importance of having a mind stimulating environment.

I have discovered that when a child’s mind is stimulated, he or she is very engaged in learning. However, if a child’s mind is not stimulated; he or she is bored and disinterested.

So with my discoveries in mind, I want to encourage you to provide a stimulating environment and I have provided some great articles to give you so mind stimulating ideas!

Lets take a look at what a stimulating child care environment looks like, click here

With Quality Care in mind!

Shiketa

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