Welcome to Kids Developmental Services

Providing Early Childhood Services

Kids Developmental Services strongly believes in and follows the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. All children will receive educational programming that is based on a thorough knowledge of child development and a solid understanding of individual children’s growth patterns, strengths, interests, and experiences.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and programming emphasizes child-initiated activities, learning through structured and child-led play, integrated learning activities across developmental domains, and active engagement with the learning and social environment.

Young children identified with exceptionalities may require additional supports, accommodations and adaptations to general early childhood programming.

Our Philosophy

Kids Developmental Services is a private Early Childhood Services (ECS) Operator which is funded by Alberta Education. Our mission is to collaboratively create a developmentally appropriate and individualized educational program for each child that encompasses their strengths to support their areas of need, in a play-based and inclusive learning environment.

We believe that all children have unlimited potential; creative minds; and a playful nature.

Teaching children and families to play, learn, and grow together.

Our Approach

Play
Learn
Grow

Eligibility

Children between the age of  2 years 8 months and 6 years may be eligible to receive support services within their preschool or child care center and kindergarten classrooms.

Children aged 2 years 8 months on September 1st of the new academic year, may be eligible for Program Unit Funding (PUF) if they meet eligibility criteria following a standardized assessment.

Children aged 3 years 8 months on September 1st of the new academic year, may be eligible for Mild Moderate Funding or funding for English Second Language Learners, if they meet eligibility criteria following a standardized assessment.

Prioritization

Alberta Education has prioritized the identification and remediation of Severe, Mild, Moderate, and English Language Learners’ needs by funding services prior to the child’s entry into Elementary School.

All children receiving services from Kids Developmental Services are offered and have access to 475 hours of programming at intake, but Alberta Education’s philosophy of Family Oriented Decision Making, allows parents to develop programming that suits the needs of their child and their family.

Programming

Young children learn best when programming meets their developmental needs and occurs in their natural environment with same aged peers.

Development

Early childhood intervention with preschool aged children identified with exceptionalities, helps them to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them for later learning.

Your Child's Program

Team Members Could Include

  • Families and their Children
  • Community Preschools or Child Care Centres
  • Alberta Certificated Teachers
  • Developmental Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Child Development Specialists

Programming Could Include

  • Standardized assessments
  • Individualized Program Plans
  • Individualized support in the classroom
  • Developmentally appropriate programming and practice
  • Family Oriented Programming Sessions
  • Home programming sessions
  • KiDS PlayTime
  • Positive Discipline Parenting workshops and support groups

What To Expect..

Teams consist of families, preschools, and professionals. Your child’s team starts with you and the preschool or child care centre they attend. Each member of your child’s team has the same goal – to see your child develop to their full potential in a play-based, natural, fully inclusive and developmentally appropriate environment.

Any child receiving services from Kids Developmental Services may attend KiDS PlayTime. These are social groups that take place in community libraries, parks, playgrounds and any venue in the community that attracts preschool aged children. Early Intervention Team members join KiDS PlayTime on a rotational basis which provides them with the opportunity to work on children’s goals in a small group environment, while determining whether the child is transferring the skills learnt into their natural environment whilst interacting with typically developing children of the same age.

KiDS PlayTime includes outdoor exploration and risky play, child led play, interaction with loose parts as well as socialisation with community children. Parents are often asked to join KiDS PlayTime sessions to learn skills to use with their child; to ask professionals questions; and to see the progress their child has made in the natural environment.

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