From Infant/Toddler Program to Preschooler Program
As your child nears three years of age, the Early Interventionist from the Infant Toddler Program will discuss the transition from one program at Progress Centre to the next. This is a time of growth and change, and the children are entering new adventures in the preschool years. A change in Early Interventionist will take place as your child’s needs are changing and the staff in the Preschooler Program are available to support you and your child in this new stage of development as well as to assist with the transitions from home to new settings.
To Child Care Programs
Many families are interested in finding a child care setting for their child. This may be due to a return to the work force or many other reasons. We also know that children with developmental delays benefit from the structure of a quality program and from the social experience in a group setting with peers. This is especially helpful prior to school entry.
The Early Interventionist is available to provide information and resources on selecting a child care program, and can assist transition from home to a group setting. Your Early Interventionist will continue with home visits and is available to provide consultation and follow up to the child care program. The Early Interventionist will work together with the Early Childhood Educators to promote your child’s skill development and full participation with the child care program. . Together with you, the Child Care Program’s Director and other team members such as Speech Language Pathologists, or Physiotherapist, the Early Interventionist will help design a Routine Based Intervention Plan (RBIP). This document reflects goals and strategies specific to your child and his Child Care setting.
Approximately one year before school, the Early Interventionist with the Preschooler Program will start discussions on the transition to “big school”. Resources and information is shared, and as the years progress, the Early Interventionist is available to meet with school personnel to prepare for the transition to school. Assistance to prepare both family, and the child for this next step will take place in both the home and child care setting. Your Early Interventionist is available to follow up with you and the school staff until four months after school entry (end of December). Families are welcome to continue to receive our newsletter, and access resources for six months after discharge from Early Intervention Services, with an option to stay on our mailing list if indicated by the family. The Early Interventionist will connect you with supports and service options available in the community for children over six years during the school transition process enhance your child’s growth.