OUR VISION & MISSION: One out of every four children struggle to reach their full potential. We are dedicated to providing the much needed support to families and children through a holistic and comprehensive approach where teachers, specialists and therapists work together in order to deliver a structured learning and positive environment that helps unlock the potential of kids. We aim to work closely with children, their families and the greater community to ensure that no child is left behind, and society's potential is maximized. TDCC is proud to be working in close association with international expert partners that help provide us with continuous support through training and professional development.
INDIVIDUALIZED EARLY INTERVENTION NURSERY PROGRAM
The Developing Child Centre (TDCC) Early Intervention Nursery program runs from 8.00am – 1pm. The curriculum will be based on the Early Years Foundation framework (UK) and will cater to children aged 1-6 years. Teachers and therapists work together in order to deliver a structured learning and positive environment helping unlock children’s potential.
There are 8 classrooms in total with a maximum of 10 students per class. Each classroom will be managed by a specialized teacher, one teaching assistant as well as two therapists who will work directly in the classroom for blocked periods of time. Our multi-disciplinary therapists will work closely with the teachers and teaching assistants to ensure that every child learns, develops and continues to grow every day in order to successfully and steadily overcome every challenge.
The Developing Child Centre will provide a structured, total communication approach with the focus on language stimulation and functional communication for every child. We pride ourselves in providing an individualized approach to meet your child’s needs. Every child will have an educational assessment using the Early Years Foundation framework. These assessments will identify your child’s stage of development, so that we can produce an Individualized Education Plan that will focus on your child’s needs.
During the term your child will be observed weekly on the seven aspects of learning which will then provide evidence for your child’s termly progress meeting and end of term Report Card. These observations help us to identify the new objectives for the next term’s Individualized Education Plan. If the child’s requirements are more complex and progress is an area of concern then TDCC will seek further advice that may include; multi-disciplinary assessments, Educational Psychology and/or individual therapy evaluations.
THE EARLY YEARS FRAMEWORK
The Early Years Foundation curriculum is developmental and designed to support young children in developing language, play and social skills through a combination of structured language, communication activities, sound activities and adult-supported play. At The Developing Child Centre, we have a long-term map that is based on modules focused on the needs of your child through the individualized education plan. The team working with your child will continually differentiate the learning possibilities at an individual level through use of language, questions and levels of support. Careful record keeping and input from therapists allows you to see how your child is progressing.
Every child starts to learn from birth, and they learn and develop in a wide variety of ways. At The Developing Child Centre, every educator and practitioner looks carefully at every child, considers The Developing Child Centre Early Intervention Nursery Program their needs, their interests, their challenges and their stages of development to help plan successful experiences across all areas of learning and development.
Every child will have an Individualized Education Plan that incorporates targets from the professionals working with your child to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach. The education team will meet with you at least twice a term to review the Individualized Education Plan and set new targets for learning. At the end of every term parents will receive a detailed Report Card outlining achievements and the next steps for success.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programs in early years. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
Area 1: Communication and Language
Area 2: Physical Development
Area 3: Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
Area 4: Literacy
Area 5: Mathematics
Area 6: Understanding the World
Area 7: Expressive Arts and Design
OUR FINAL OBJECTIVE:
TRANSITION TO MAINSTREAM SCHOOL OR OTHER SPECIALIZED PROVISION
At a termly review meeting, transition to a mainstream school or other specialized provision may be discussed. If this is an option the multi-disciplinary team, in conjunction with you and the mainstream school will propose a transition plan. An Individualized Education Plan will be developed focusing on preparing your child’s return to mainstream school in conjunction with the input of any therapists engaged with your child. The transition period will normally be in preparation for the start of a new school year or a new term.
Please note that TDCC also offers Learning Support Coordination with schools helping also ensure a smooth transition.
EXTRA SUPPORT DURING HOLIDAY TIMES:
During standard academic year holidays (i.e. Christmas, Spring, Summer holidays) intensive programs will also be available. This can be the perfect opportunity for your child to have additional focused support that is individualized to meet their needs. Parents can opt into an intensive program and opt into the length of program depending on their circumstances, as these individually tailored programs will be designed from one to five weeks, depending upon the length of the holiday.