Developing Your Child's Early Intervention Program
Kids Developmental Services Ltd. follows the directions and guidelines of Alberta Education as stated in the Funding Manual for School Authorities 2020/21 School Year and the ECS to Grade 12 Guide to Education 2020-2021, when developing your child’s program. Kids Developmental Services follows a typical school year i.e. September to June. Kids Developmental Services follows a play-based approach to intervention with children.
Family Oriented Decision Making
Alberta Education states that “Parents and families are valued education partners and, as such, have meaningful opportunities to participate in and support their child’s learning and contribute to decision-making about their child’s education. Appropriate educational programming for young children respects family differences, builds on family strengths, draws on the knowledge and expertise of children’s parents/caregivers and is sensitive to the demands placed on families.” Early Childhood Services Early Childhood Programming, November 2016.
Minimum Hours of Instruction : Early Childhood Services
As per the Funding Manual for School Authorities 2020/21 and the ECS to Grade 12 Guide to Education 2020-2021, all school authorities that provide an Early Childhood Services (ECS) program must
provide children with access to a minimum of 475 hours of instruction during a school year.
For children with severe disabilities or severe language delays, ECS operators must provide access to a minimum
of 400 hours of instruction per school year. For individual children, modification to these hours based on the child’s developmental level and educational needs is possible and will be recorded in the child’s Individualized Program Plan (IPP).
Definition of Instruction : Early Childhood Services
Instruction is the process by which Alberta certificated teachers take responsibility for ensuring that learning activities for children are directed toward achieving the outcomes of approved programs of instruction and/or Individualized Program Plans through:
* face-to-face interactions with children for the purpose of teaching and assessing children’s achievement of outcomes, and/or
* interaction with children who are engaged in classroom learning in a Kindergarten, preschool, playschool, daycare or child-care setting.
Alberta Student Number (ASN)
Alberta Education assigns every child a unique nine-digit Alberta Student Number (ASN). The ASN is required
for children to receive services from Alberta Education.
The child's ASN will be incorporated into any official documentation eg. the IPP and be included in the child's official student record stored on SchoolCloud and shared with Alberta Education's Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) system.
Instructional Time : Early Childhood Services
Instructional time includes time scheduled for the purposes of instruction and other activities for children where direct child–teacher interaction and supervision are maintained.
Individualized Program Plan (IPP)
The Individualized Program Plan (IPP) is created and written by the Education Coordinator, who is an Alberta Certificated Teacher; in consultation and collaboration with the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s), preschool or child care centre teacher, and other members of the child’s Early Intervention Team (EIT). All members of the child’s team will monitor the child’s progress on a regular basis and notes will be added to the child's Student Record on SchoolCloud. Alberta Education requires that the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a child accessing Program Unit Fund (PUF) attend three (3) IPP meetings during the academic year; and that the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a child accessing Mild/Moderate Funding (MM) attend two (2) IPP meetings during the academic year. These meetings are between thirty (30) and sixty (60) minutes in length and will be conducted on the Teleroo platform.
Programming Policies and Procedures
If a programming session needs to be cancelled for any reason, please provide at least 24 hours’ notice and inform the child's assigned Education Coordinator.
Confidentiality of Information
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act) and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) all personal information regarding the child and their family will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. The collection of information
is pursuant to the Provisions of the School Act and its regulations and in accordance with the Alberta Student Record Regulations.