As a parent at Toad Hall your child and family will be supported through their time with us. Our Inclusion policy is very thorough stating all support we put in place, importance of working together in the center and links with outside agencies.
There are various ways (models of support) that our center can provide support for your child.
We can support children with disabilities in different ways, according to their individual needs and devise an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) goals. Teachers can support your child with diverse learning needs through a variety of effective instructional approaches including, but not limited to, differentiating instruction, providing accommodations and/or modifications, and collaborative teaching. Decisions about how to support your child are always made in collaboration with family members during IEP team meeting(s).
Early identification and intervention
- We make regular observations and assessments of all children’s play and progress to enable early identification of children’s additional needs.
- We monitor the progress of children with identified additional needs carefully so that we can plan appropriate provision and support for these children.
- We share all reports on children’s progress with the child’s parents.
- We use a graduated approach to identifying and meeting children’s additional needs. This involves a systematic cycle of assessment, planning, action and review, recording clear targets and strategies for development and progress.
- We use a tracking system within the curriculum for all children’s progress and if a need for additional support is highlighted immediate actions are set.
- Parents are encouraged to make and share early observations of their child both prior to joining the facility and whilst with us so that information is gained from all whom have contact with the child
- Health professionals will complete medical and physical screening for the children at regular intervals and we ask for parents to share all these findings with us.
- Complex sensory or developmental needs may be identified at birth through a child’s physician and sharing this information is vital.
- Health services involved such as Doctors and pediatrician are being encouraged to share relevant information with facilities after gaining parental consent to do so.
- Outcomes must be defined in order to determine appropriate provision. Outcomes are the benefits or difference made to an individual as a result of an intervention. When agreeing outcomes, we will consider both what is important TO the child and what is important FOR them.
In addition, The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County's Inclusion Specialist is able to connect families and providers with local resources and help insure the child is in the least restrictive, and most appropriate environment.
The coalition makes available services to child care providers to enhance staff’s knowledge and competence in serving children with disabilities or behavioral challenges. Inclusion services include technical assistance and consultation regarding curriculum and teaching strategies, environmental adaptations, and challenging behavioral issues. Through the knowledge gained, children will benefit from being a part of a quality program.
Please contact us or the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County's Inclusion Specialist at (941) 757-2900 extension 272 for further information.
- Florida Early Steps System
Each child grows at an individual pace, but research shows that a child's first three years are the most important time for learning. Getting help early puts your child on the right path to learn and develop at their full potential.
Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop.
Early Steps services are based on Early Steps evaluations and your family's concerns, resources, and goals. Early Steps uses a Team Based Primary Service Provider approach which aims to empower each eligible family by providing a comprehensive team of professionals from the beginning of services through transition. The goal is for the family to receive strong support from one person, provide a comprehensive team of professionals from beginning to end, and for the family to have fewer appointments and more time to be a “family.” Services are provided to the family and child where they live, learn and play, to enable the family to implement developmentally appropriate learning opportunities during everyday activities and routines. Most services will be early intervention home visits. Click on the link below to find our more: