APPROACHES TO MEETING DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS

Every September, the childcare workers submit to the Daycare Director, a yearly program plan for the group of children that they will be working with over the year, using a thematic approach to program planning.  This plan will be used as a guide and expanded on. Weekly plans are done and posted for the parent's information.

Plans are created to assist in the development of the whole child.  They are age appropriate and include the five areas of growth and development: social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional.

Workers share ideas for activities and plan for visitors to come and interact with all age groups, either jointly or one group at a time. Planning time is scheduled for each room weekly. The games, toys, etc. that we have in each room are age appropriate.  Toys and games are shared and rotated between the rooms to add variety and challenges to the older children of each group.

Program plans are very flexible and subject to change according to the weather, visitors, and the interests of the children.

The five developmental needs are:

  • Social:  learning to deal with situations involving other people.  They get practice at this in circle time, learning to share and take turns, how to negotiate and resolve disputes.  This is ongoing daily.
  • Physical: developing large and small muscles.  Gym time and/or outside time is planned daily. Outside time is very much encouraged, weather permitting.  Fine motor skills are developed through cutting, lacing, buttoning, zippers, etc.  This is ongoing daily.
  • Intellectual: developing cognitive skills.  Children are exposed to new concepts and ideas and allowed to experiment with these until they grasp them.  They are challenged intellectually on a daily basis.
  • Creative: this can be expressed through art (painting, drawing, coloring), storytelling, playdoh or clay, gift and toy making, books, etc.  Craft materials are available to the children at all times.  Staff plan creative activities daily and the children are encouraged to create on their own.  Efforts are enthusiastically praised and displayed for all to see.
  • Emotional:  dealing with feelings.  Staff model for the children methods of dealing with peers and other people in their lives.  Problem solving and resolving conflicts are talked about and children are encouraged to deal with these in appropriate ways.  Staff are sensitive to moods of the children and will give comfort, encouragement and praise where and when needed.