Two of my top priorities are to keep-up-to-date records on file, and to have the emergency telephone numbers clearly posted. I maintain the local medical center, poison control, fire and police department phone number beside the telephone, in addition to being visible on the wall. A monthly confirmation is performed to make sure that the current contact number on file for each child has not changed. I know that parents might sometimes forget to provide a new phone number, if I don’t ask. Moreover, I like to have two alternate telephone numbers on file in case I can’t get in touch with the parents. I keep these telephone numbers on hand so that they can be reached quickly in case of an emergency, whether we are inside or outsideIn
an effort to keep parents informed, daily reports are provided to the parent of each child. I do a developmental assessment twice a year. This lets the parents know about the progress of their child, and their learning experience. Judging from the smiles on the parents’ faces, I believe they value being advised about how their child has developed and learning through fun activities.
I do on-going observation of the students in the classroom; I gather information about many skills on a checklist. This includes writing, print awareness, language, and the purposeful use of materials. When I do observations, they include detailed notes so I can relate them more easily to many of the goals and objectives set for the children. I focus on about four children a day and spend about 15 minutes during rest time looking over my observations. I make sure the classroom is arranged so that there are interesting hands-on activities for all children. Also, I arrange space so that the children can navigate in and out of the space safely. I help choose activities that best meet all children’s abilities. Also, I participant in helping the children at mealtimes, I guide them washing their hands before and after each meal. I have the children...