19.0700 - Child & Custodial Care Services

Technical Standards

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

B. Functional Area 5 (Cognitive) – Candidate provides activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the development levels and learning styles of children..

1. Observes children's play frequently to assess their cognitive development and readiness for new learning opportunities.
2. Uses techniques and activities that stimulate children's curiosity, inventiveness, and problem-solving and communication skills.
3. Provides opportunities for children to try out and begin to understand the relationships between cause and effect and means and ends.
4. Understands the importance of play and often joins children's play as a partner and facilitator.
5. Uses the center environment, everyday activities, and homemade materials to encourage children's intellectual development.
6. Helps children discover ways to solve problems that arise in daily activities.
7. Supports children's repetitions of the familiar and introduces new experiences, activities, and materials when children are interested and ready.
8. Recognizes differences in individual learning styles and finds ways to work effectively with each child.
9. Encourages active learning, rather than emphasizing that children listen passively to adults.
10. Provides equipment and materials that children can explore and master by themselves.
11. Is alert to the task a child is attempting and provides appropriate support.
12. Encourages children to ask questions and seek help and responds to them in ways that extend their thinking; for example, "That's a good question; let's see if we can find out."
13. Asks questions that have more than one answer, encouraging children to wonder, guess, and talk about their ideas; for example, "What do you think might happen if. . . ?" or "How do you feel when. . . ?"
14. Encourages children to talk about their experiences and observations.
15. Provides opportunities to organize and group, compare and contrast thoughts, words, objects, and sensations.
16. Involves children in projects such as cooking, gardening, and repairing, when possible.
17. Reduces distractions and interruptions so that children have opportunities to extend their attention span and work on one activity, such as block building or water play, for a long period of time.
18. Helps children understand concepts such as space, time, shape, and quantity through many different activities.
19. Uses field trips as opportunities to expand children's knowledge and understand­ing of their world, when possible.
20. Obtains (or makes)and uses special learning materials and equipment for children whose disabilities affect their ability to learn.
21. Recognizes learning problems and collects good observational examples to support concerns.
22. Uses written observational examples of children to make and support referrals according to center policy.
23. Provides learning experiences that lead to the understanding of basic concepts in the language most familiar to each child.
24. Encourages learning of both languages through everyday experiences and activi­ties.

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