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Section 29 of the Community Care Licensing regulation states:
- To qualify for employment in a community care facility as a Responsible Adult a person must be:
- a) 19 years old.
- b) Be able to provide care and mature guidance to children
- c) Have completed a course, or combination of courses , of at least 20 hours in child development, guidance, health and safety, or nutrition, and
- d) Have relevant work experience.
This course will qualify you to work in
- In an Occasional Licensed Child Care
- In a School Age Licensed Group Child Care
- As a replacement (substitute) for ECE Assistants (for less than 30 days) in a licensed group childcare centre or preschool.
A 20 hour Certificate of Completion is issued by e mail when the question answers are received.
As caregivers, whether parent or teacher, we are sometimes quick to judge the behaviour of a child without first thinking of the underlying cause of the behaviour.
We should consider that a young child could be woken out of a sound sleep in the morning, forced to dress and have breakfast, loaded into a car or bus and trundled off to daycare.
HELPING CHILDREN EXPRESS ANGER APPROPRIATELY
What provokes children to get angry?
How can parents or Educators help children cope with their anger, and help them express it appropriately?
Everyone loses his temper once in a while. Something makes you so mad that you cannot control your anger. You lash out physically and verbally at the person or situation that is opposing you.
How do children develop?
If a woman has a baby with one man, divorces him, and then has a baby with a second man, are both children the same developmentally?
Do they crawl, walk, and speak at the same time?
Do they look alike?
Each child has his/her own genetic blueprint such as hair color, height, bone structure, skin texture, nails, teeth etc, Heredity is information inherited from the parents which forms the genetic blueprint.
What is Stress?
Stress is the way our bodies respond to the demands that are placed upon us by our environment, relationships, perceptions and interpretations of events and issues in our lives. When stress occurs, the brain signals the body to get ready to meet the challenge by stimulating the autonomic nervous system.
THE CHALLENGING CHILD IN CHILD CARE PROGRAMS
Where to start? What to do? These were questions frequently asked when I was working in Supported Child Care.
As an infant development consultant I worked directly with the family in the home. I also worked as a Supported child care consultant, instructor and coordinator of programs in group and school settings.
Value of Play
Playing helps children concentrate, to reason and organize their thinking. In doing so they learn to problem solve
The child learns to give and take, to take turns, to share and co-operate. During social play the child reveals his personality strengths and weaknesses.
PLAYING WITH SIMPLE EQUIPMENT
From the time a baby is born his muscle development is apparent. You can watch a baby waving his arms and stretching his legs.
At first his movements are all over the place, but gradually he learns to control and coordinate his body.
Soon he will be stretching, grabbing, pulling, pushing, crawling and later walking.
The great thing about using the cheap recycled “stuff” is that it doesn’t come with instructions or a set of directions, or a “right way” to use it. It is all up to the child’s imagination. The playground becomes rich with possibilities for play as children can decide to transform a cardboard box into a castle, or a lion’s cage, all in one afternoon.
It is a fundamental need for every child to be on the go. Unfortunately, in our electronic world, children often spend a great deal of time participating in activities which involve only mental skills. This is cause for concern.
What level of gross motor skills should a child be able to achieve by the age of 6?
What is symmetrical control, static and dynamic balance?
How do we help children develop language skills?
Sensory integration occurs automatically. It begins in utero as the fetal brain senses movement of the mother’s body.
The brain is primary a sensory processing machine, it senses things and gets meaning directly from sensations. Information enters our brain from all parts of our body at every moment.
A young child’s physical growth begins as muscles gain strength with use, and children gradually develop coordination. The development of muscular control is the first step.
When we observe a young child from infancy onwards we look for the basic requirements for normal development.
Voluntary or Skeletal Muscles.
The definition of “Fine Motor” is orderly progression that is deliberate and controlled movements requiring both muscle development and maturation of the central nervous system.
We need to be aware of the skills of the young child and plan activities accordingly.
We provide a Milestone List of fine motor control.
Personal skills consist of six sections of skills:
- Self Care
- Attention Span
These skills are innate to each child and will vary in each child depending on the opportunity the child has to learn skills of independence.
The definition of socialization is for the child to learn new skills that enable him to fit into society. Children who are skilled at social interaction tend to be more confident of their own ability and social attributes.
The single best childhood predictor of adult adaptation is not IQ, school grades or classroom behaviour, but rather the adequacy with which the child gets along with other children.
Communication is a process starting with a person who wishes to share or send a message to a person who in turn receives the message.
Caregivers can help children develop good speech and language skills by understanding speech and language patterns and the correct terminology.
DRUG AFFECTED BABIES
What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome? As caregivers we will most likely have interactions with children who were born addicted to opioids(Drugs). In this workshop you can learn What are opioids and what are the signs and symptoms of NAS. What are the most common side effects of drug exposure? Learn how drugs affect pregnancy. Some suggestions on how a child care facilitator can assist in promoting optimal development.