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Competency Goal 5

To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs.

 

At my center, I help ensure a well run program that is responsive to participant needs, by working with parents to identify the strengths and needs of each child. There is a chart that I fill out which records each child’s development. It focuses on the areas of fine motor, gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive, and language development. Every six months I do a home visit and review the chart with parents. This allows parents to know where their child is developmentally, and allows us to identify any concerns.

            To insure that my center runs smoothly, I implement procedures that help children make a smooth transition from one group to another. Each classroom follows the same basic schedule so that when children have to go to another classroom, they still have the same routine. All of the classrooms post a picture schedule at children’s eye level so they are able to ‘read’ their schedule. Most of our classrooms sing the same transition songs too, so the clean up song is the same in both our three year old room, and our four year old room.

            I also make and obtain materials and equipment that are appropriate to the developmental needs of the children. All of our learning materials are developmentally appropriate. We do not use dittos, coloring books, or other pre-made supplies. All of our activities are planned for the specific age groups which we are working with. Toys are designed for the children in the classroom. We would never put baby rattles in the preschool room, or Legos in the toddler room. Our equipment is all sized for each classroom. The toddlers have smaller tables, chairs, and bikes then the preschoolers. Adult sized furnisher in not present, expect for a rocking chair in the infant room. Even our lunch supplies are the appropriate size for the children. Milk is served in containers that are small enough for children to be able to pour their own. Children are always encouraged to serve themselves.

            By working with parents to identify the strengths and needs of each child, implementing procedures that help children make a smooth transition from one group to another, and obtaining materials and equipment that are appropriate to the developmental needs of the children, I insure a well-run and purposeful program that is responsive to participants needs.