Observation and assessment of children is an integral part of the program at Little Wonders Learning Center. Assessment serves several important purposes, including: monitoring children’s developmental progress and learning; guiding curriculum planning and decision making by identifying children’s interests and needs; identifying children who might benefit from special services; planning program improvement; and communication with teachers, Director, and families.
We assess children on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. Some of the tools that teachers use to assist in the assessment of children include: anecdotal notes, work samples, observations, ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2. (We do the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2 in September and May. Parents are responsible for filling it out, we input it and give parents ideas for activities in areas that need more work.) The teachers use these assessment records for both curriculum planning and communications with families throughout the school year. Teachers maintain ongoing communication with families throughout the school year and have additional meetings with families as necessary for the individual child. We are always available to meet and discuss any needs or concerns you may have regarding your child.
If your child’s teacher and the Director believe that your child has behavioral challenges or special learning needs that require further evaluation, we will work closely with you as a team. We will meet with you and make appropriate referrals for further evaluation and help guide you through the process. We will work our hardest to implement program modifications and individual treatment plans in consultation with experts to the extent that we can accommodate such changes within our program.
The teachers and Director maintain files for each child in a manner that maintains confidentiality. This information shall only be disclosed to the child’s guardians, Directors, and other Little Wonders teachers who work with the child. Disclosure beyond these individuals shall require written permission from a parent or guardian. However, when we have reason to believe that a child’s welfare is at risk, it is permissible to share confidential information with agencies, as well as with individuals, who have legal responsibility for intervening in the child’s interest.