Educators

Wonderful Teachers Teach Through Wonder

From the get-go, Acadekidz assures a positive environment in which early childhood educators enjoy educating.

How Acadekidz Educators Fulfill Their Responsibilities

  • Ensure the children’s supervision and safety at all times
  • Provide a secure routine
  • Plan a variety of engaging activities according to How Does Learning Happen? and the IB Programme of Inquiry and the units of discovery
  • Impart appropriate behaviour guidance in a positive manner
  • Know the next steps enabling children to continue to learn
  • Use language and humour that children understand
  • Love children
  • Love what they do and know what they are doing
  • Communicate daily with parent/guardians through a variety of means including classroom blogs, email and student agendas
  • Understanding children and their development through ELECT  (framework for Ontario’s Early Childhood Settings)
  • Develop ISP (Individualized Support Program)
  • Aware of programme statement and policies
  • Are culturally informed and sensitive
  • Are certified and Registered Early Childhood Educators and/or teachers
  • Are committed to ongoing MEDU and IB training and learning such as http://www.earlyyears.edu.gov.on.ca/EYPortal/en/ChildCareLicensing/CCEYASelfTest/index.htm, and http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/research.html, accessing the OCC materials
  • Meet on a regular basis to discuss and evaluate their childcare practices
  • Participate in evaluation

 

Individual Support Plan

AcadeKIDZ ensures that an up-to-date individualized support plan (ISP) is in place for each child with special needs. This plan is developed in consultation with a parent of the child, the child (if appropriate for the child’s age) and any regulated health professional or other person who works with the child in a capacity that would allow the person to help inform the plan.

AcadeKIDZ ensures that the program of the child care centre is structured that:

 

  • it will accommodate the individualized support plan of each child with special needs
  • the program is appropriate for the ages and developmental levels of the children with special needs and,
  • the program is inclusive of all children.

 

Positive Interaction

From the get-go, AcadeKIDZ assures a positive environment in which early childhood educators enjoy educating…

children enjoy growing and learning!

 

AcadeKIDZ Early Childhood Educators use a form of preventative guidance and interactions by:

 

  • Knowing children personally, and responding to their individual capabilities, interests and preferences
  • Tuning into a child’s body language, facial expression, and tone of voice
  • Planning room arrangements to minimize frustration, congestion, and confusion for children
  • Preparing and arranging interesting toys and activities around a unit of inquiry and discovery that relate to all areas of children’s development: social, emotional, physical, cultural as well as intellectual
  • Establishing routines that allow uninterrupted blocks of time for spontaneous, self-directed and exploratory play
  • Making arrangements for hands-on exploration of real objects and for relevant outings to be a natural and integral part of learning activities
  • Enabling children to express their own individuality by making their own choices within clearly defined limits

 

Acadekidz Early Childhood Educators use a form of preventative guidance and interactions by

  • Knowing children personally, and responding to their individual capabilities, interests and preferences
  • Tuning into a child’s body language, facial expression, and tone of voice
  • Planning room arrangements to minimize frustration, congestion, and confusion for children
  • Preparing and arranging interesting toys and activities around a unit of inquiry and discovery that relate to all areas of children’s development: social, emotional, physical, cultural as well as intellectual
  • Establishing routines that allow uninterrupted blocks of time for spontaneous, self-directed and exploratory play
  • Making arrangements for hands-on exploration of real objects and for relevant outings to be a natural and integral part of learning activities
  • Enabling children to express their own individuality by making their own choices within clearly defined limits

Acadekidz Early Childhood Educators access a menu of strategies to encourage positive learning behaviours

  • Praise and model appropriate behaviours
  • Be consistent and predictable in all expectations
  • Ignore inappropriate behaviours, according to severity
  • Stop and set limits when behaviour endangers self or others
  • Stop and set limits when behaviour causes serious disruptions
  • Redirect attention from inappropriate behaviour
  • Channel the child’s energy to another area
  • Remove materials or equipment if misused
  • Give the child a choice of two appropriate actions from which to choose
  • Recognize the child’s feelings and stress the use of words from which to work out problems; model responses for children (active and passive listening)
  • Sit next to the child who is having difficulty and offer to help with the problem
  • Make consequences of behaviour clear and logical
  • Give the choice of following the rules or finding another activity
  • If rules are still not followed, help the child find another activity
  • Remove child and discuss quietly how the child can return to regular activity.
  • Help the younger child gain self-control by offering to hold him or her.  Suggest to take three deep breaths (like the ones learned in Jiu-jitsu)
  • Let the child determine when they are ready to return to the activity and to the group.
  • Inform the child’s Parents/guardians of the inappropriate behaviour; always keep the lines of communication open
  • Consult with the Parents/guardians and enlist their support in using the contract, to be consistent between home and Preschool, and to help modify or change the child’s inappropriate behaviour
  • Suggest parents/guardians seek help from professionals
  • Refer continuous problems to the Supervisor/Operator

The Acadekidz supervisor monitors the effectiveness of daily/weekly communication between parents and child.

AcadeKIDZ Educators do not engage in the following prohibited practices:

  • Corporal punishment of the child
  • Deliberate use of harsh or degrading measures on the child that would humiliate the child or undermine his or her self-respect
  • Deprive the child of basic needs including food, shelter, clothing or bedding
  • Lock the exits of the child care centre or home child care premises for the purpose of confining the child: or
  • Use a locked or lockable room or structure to confine the child if he or she has been separated from other children.

 

Managing Healthy Transitions

 

The AcadeKIDZ educators ensure a child, coming from home or from another center, settle quickly and smoothly into the new setting.

The AcadeKIDZ educators likewise transition children from one room to another, based on the daycare license’s age groupings, Toddler (12 – 31 months) and Preschool (32 months -5 years) and within four transition periods: first week of January, third week of March, first week of July and first week of September.  Actual transition timeframes may be shorter or longer than timeframes set in policy.

 

For smooth transitions, the AcadeKIDZ educators understand they take into consideration the individual child and family needs.

 

The AcadeKIDZ educators understand that smooth transitions:

 

  • Foster healthy personal, social and emotional development in children
  • Help the child feel secure and comfortable with all Educators members and peers.
  • Reassure parents that their child will be encouraged and supported.

 

All AcadeKIDZ educators are responsible for:

 

  • Logging all pertinent information in the Toddler/Preschool Log Books
  • Working collaboratively with other educators/parents/guardians/other professionals to implement the transition programme provided for the child.
  • Reporting and discussing any concerns about the transition process regarding a child with other AcadeKIDZ educators, assistant educators and the child’s parents.
  • Ensuring confidentiality at all times.

 

The AcadeKIDZ supervisor monitors the effectiveness of daily/weekly communication between parents and child.

Upon signing the enrollment contract, the parent/guardian will be made aware of the transition policy.

 

Transition from home to AcadeKIDZ

 

  1. Before the start date, a RECE or assistant educator is assigned to the child, according to his/her age
  2. A prospective toddler attendee must spend a minimum of two mornings without parents in attendance before officially starting at AcadeKIDZ.
  3. A prospective preschool attendee must spend a minimum of one full day without parents/guardians in attendance before officially starting at AcadeKIDZ.
  4. Additional or longer days may be recommended.
  5. Upon signing the contract and providing all required and emergency documentation, parents/guardians and the assigned RECE or assistant educator complete the Intake Form together and go over specific needs such as allergies, behavior management, routines, likes and dislikes, toilet-training information, etc.

 

Transition between Toddler and Preschool Rooms

 

  1. Most parents are already familiar with every member of the AcadeKIDZ Preschool educators.
  2. Nonetheless, parents will be introduced to the members of the Preschool educators and assistant and given a tour of their child’s new room. The programme of inquiry will be available to them as well as the class routines and communication strategies.
  3. To ensure a smooth transition for the 30 month old child, the Preschool educator or assistant educator will shadow and support the child in the new setting during a two (2) week transition period.
  4. If at any time, the child is unable to cope during this transition period. The AcadeKIDZ educators or assistant educators involved will discuss the child’s return to the Toddler room for the rest of the day and to try again the next day.

 

The parents/guardians will be encouraged to:

  • Share information about their child and/or their child’s concerns about the transition process
  • Raise any issues/concerns they have about their child’s participation in the transition with the AcadeKIDZ educators/assistant educators/supervisor and operator

 


 

Transition from AcadeKIDZ Preschool Setting into AcadeCap School

  1. Upon request and if deemed necessary, AcadeKIDZ educators will organize and attend a ‘transition meeting’ for a child who has reached the age limit to be at AcadeKIDZ and/or with identified and/or additional needs.
  2. Parents and homeroom teacher and any other specialist are invited to the meeting to ensure the child’s needs can/will be met at AcadeCap.
  3. During the transition period, the Preschool educator and the homeroom teacher will log comments and observations in the child’s agenda. They will also log parent feedback.
  4. Transition practice will be evaluated as an ongoing interest by the Preschool educator and the AcadeCap homeroom teacher.
  5. The contract will be amended.

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