12 standards for early childhood institutionsWednesday, June 10, 2015
This is the time of year when many parents are exploring options for their young children’s education, and many will be enrolled in early childhood institutions this coming September. But do you know what to look for when choosing a space? Infrastructure, adequate space and a friendly staff are one thing, but there are others, as outlined in the Early Childhood Commission’s standards for early childhood institutions below.
Standard 1: Staff The staff at early childhood institutions should have the training, knowledge, skills, and attitude to help children achieve their full potential.
Standard 2: Programmes Early childhood institutions should have comprehensive programmes designed to meet the language, physical, cognitive, creative, socioemotional and school readiness needs of children.
Standard 3: Behaviour management Early childhood staff should have the training, knowledge, skills and attitude to promote positive behaviours in children.
Standard 4: Physical environment Early childhood institutions should have physical environments that meet building, health and safety requirements and allow adequate space for children.
Standard 5: Equipment and furnishing Early childhood institutions should have indoor and outdoor equipment and furnishings that are safe, child-friendly and promote optimal development of children.
Standard 6: Health Early childhood institutions should have physical facilities, policies, programmes and procedures that promote healthy lifestyles and protect children and staff from illness.
Standard 7: Nutrition Early childhood institutions should provide children in their care with nutritious meals and model good nutritional practices for children and families.
Standard 8: Safety Early childhood institutions should provide safe indoor and outdoor environments for children, staff, stakeholders and visitors to the institution.
Standard 9: Child rights, child protection and equality Early childhood institutions should uphold the rights of children, protect them from harm and ensure that all children have equal access to services.
Standard 10: Parent and stakeholder participation The management and staff of early childhood institutions should have good relationships with parents, caregivers, family members and the community.
Standard 11: Administration Early childhood institutions should have a management structure that ensures good administration. There are policies, procedures and programmes that should ensure child, family and staff well-being.
Standard 12: Finance Early childhood institutions should have sound financial practices and adhere to standard accounting principles.