The Supported Child Development (SCD) program helps children be successful in child care. We work with children from birth to 12 years who need extra support to participate in their preschool, daycare or after school program. To be eligible for this program, a child must be attending preschool or a child care program.
Some children we work with have diagnosed disabilities such as Autism or Down syndrome. Other children have no diagnosis, but still need extra help to communicate, to play with others or to follow routines.
The goals of the program are:
- To successfully include each child in community child care programs
- To encourage each child’s development
- To provide support and education to the adults who care for them
We are Early Childhood Educators with a specialization in Special Needs. We have many years of experience with both typical and special needs children.
When your child becomes involved with our program, the first thing we need to do is to get to know your child. We do this first by meeting with you. We will ask you questions about your child like: How does he or she play with other children and what are his or her favourite activities? We will also ask what your concerns and priorities are for your child. If your child is not in a childcare program we can help you in finding one that is suitable for your needs.
Next we will observe your child in the child care setting and meet with his or her child care provider. We will ask the child care provider questions about how your child is fitting into the routines and activities of the program – what areas do they need help in and in what areas are they doing well?
Based on the information from you and the staff at his or her setting we can then assess what level of support your child will need in order to be included in the program. All children receive consultant support. That means we visit your child’s setting on a regular basis. We will observe your child, provide strategies and problem-solve with the staff.
Some children need extra staffing in order to be successfully included in the program. If this is the case, we can fund the child care setting to hire a support worker (also called an aide or assistant) for your child. Sometimes we can share one support worker between two or three children, depending on their needs. Priority for funding is to support children under age six.
Once the child care setting staff has got to know your child we will meet with you and the caregiver and decide on goals that your child can work on in the program. We will ask you what you want your child to learn and these will become part of his/her individual program plan. We will then regularly visit or talk both with you and the childcare setting to ensure that your child is meeting with success in the program.
In order to increase your child’s chances of success we also provide the following services:
- We will work together with other services involved with your child (e.g. therapy, school, etc.) in order to provide a coordinated approach to service.
- We will refer you or your child to other NONA programs or community services if you identify a need.
- We will provide training to caregivers, both of a general nature and specific to your child.
- We will assist you and your child with transitions into other programs, e.g., kindergarten
We look forward to working with you and your child. We invite you to call us at any time 250 549-1281 if you have questions or concerns.