In the Accreditation Manual section 3 and 6, most of the observations scored 4 and above. The physical environment has both its indoor and outdoor learning areas designed accordingly to provide a favorable atmosphere for children. The playground, lighting, and protection of the children are considered. However, there were items with highly varying rating scores.
In section 3.12, evidence 3, 4, and 5 rated zero. Also, in section 3.14, evidence 2 and 3 ranked zero, while the rest rated had a score of above 3. This difference is observed because the setting did not consider infants’ parameters such as sleep patterns and positions. Also, infants need to be comforted by the ECEs as soon as they wake up. Lastly, supervision is critical in children aged below 12 months.
The strength in sections 3 and 6 is that they qualify for educating children aged more than 12 months. Children are treated accordingly and served as per their needs. Also, assistive devices are available to ensure that all children achieve their goals. The requirement in both sections is to develop more strategies for handling infants as they are more delicate. It is crucial to include a setting for infants whereby they can be monitored and evaluated.
I would recommend that an area for infants should be designed because they need their sleep monitored and evaluated for any deficiencies. Moreover, the ECEs need to approach the infants with a different outlook than that of the children. The age gap is a factor that means a lot in developmental milestones.
In conclusion, this type of assessment is essential for both early learning programs and educators because it helps in identifying the gaps and needs of children. Also, it is an area that will aid in developing a more comprehensive approach towards educating the children.