19.0700 - Child & Custodial Care Services

Technical Standards

II. Competency Goal II – To advance physical and intellectual competence.

A. Functional Area 4 ( Physical) – Candidate Provides a variety of equipment, activities, and opportunities to promote the physical development of children..

1. Arranges and encourages physical activities, knowing how children's physical development affects their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
2. Observes and evaluates children's developmental levels in order to provide activities for physical skills and development of the senses at the appropriate level for each child.
3. Plans and participates daily in appropriate large-muscle activities (e.g., playing ball, running, jumping, climbing with children, both indoors and outdoors).
4. Provides a variety of activities from children's culture(s), such as dances, music, finger plays, and active games.
5. Provides opportunities for children to develop their senses by noticing colors, smelling odors, distinguishing sounds, feeling and touching a variety of objects, and tasting different foods.
6. Communicates to children and their parents the importance of outdoor play and physical activity for healthy growth and development.
7. Plans for and supports children's changing needs for active play, quiet activity, and rest.
8. Supports and encourages, but never forces, children who are fearful of physical activity because of illness, accidents, abuse, limited opportunity, or overprotective caregivers and parents.
9. Observes and evaluates children's physical development, recognizes signs of possible physical disabilities and developmental delays, refers parents to appropri­ate services, and follows up on referrals or individual development plans.
10. Adapts the program to meet the special needs of children with disabilities, taking into account the importance of physical development to self-concept and social development.
11. Avoids overprotecting children with disabilities, supports their independence, includes them in physical activities with other children (making modifications only when necessary), and encourages parents to do the same.

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