Welcome to Kids Developmental Services

Kids Developmental Services has opened registration for the 2021 – 2022 school year. If you are concerned about your preschool-aged child’s development or if your preschool-aged child has been assessed and may be eligible for Early Childhood Services, please register your child at schoolcloud.ca/kds

Once your child has been registered, and based on the information you provide on the registration form, a member of the Kids Developmental Services team will contact you before the start of the school year to schedule your child’s screening and/or assessment.

If you have any questions with regards to this process, please feel free to contact us at info@kidsds.org

Please feel free to view this interactive presentation to get a sense of our program. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11GcQ2g4wJ18GqVBLeULO3OV5nsbXpOvPjwTk1aOyXD8/edit#slide=id.gb7e6974db3_1_79

“Children are constantly engaged in making meaning of their world and in sharing their perceptions through exploration, play and experiences. Play is an optimal context for enabling children to work out their ideas and theories and use what they already know to deepen their understanding and further their learning. Adults have a key role in supporting children in their exploration, wonderment and discoveries through “inquiry”. Dr. Beverlie Dietze, Researcher and Educator

If you have concerns with regards to your preschool-aged child’s development, please feel free to contact us. If your child has already been assessed, and is eligible for funding, we can provide support to them in their preschool or childcare classroom. If your child is registered in a preschool or childcare centre, contact us to determine if your child might be eligible for additional supports. If your child is not yet registered in a preschool or childcare centre, please contact us to discuss your options.

Providing Early Childhood Services

Kids Developmental Services strongly believes in and follows the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. All children will receive educational programming that is based on a thorough knowledge of child development and a solid understanding of individual children’s growth patterns, strengths, interests, and experiences.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and programming emphasizes child-initiated activities, learning through unstructured and purposeful child-led play, integrated learning activities across developmental domains, and active engagement with the learning and social environment. We maximise the child’s natural curiosity to learn and participate in their environment.

Young children identified with diverse learning needs may require additional supports, accommodations and adaptations to general early childhood programming.

With our values of passion, child centredness, integrity, playfulness and collaboration; we commit to support the growth and development of our play-based early intervention community; in support of accountable leadership that facilitates innovation.

Our Philosophy

Kids Developmental Services is a private Early Childhood Services (ECS) Operator which is funded by Alberta Education. Our mission is to collaboratively create a developmentally appropriate and individualised educational program for each child that encompasses their strengths to support their areas of need, in a play-based and inclusive learning environment.

We believe that all children have unlimited potential; creative minds; and a playful nature.

Teaching children and families to play, learn, and grow together.

Our Approach

Play
Learn
Grow

Eligibility

Children between the age of  2 years 8 months and 5 years 8 months, on September 1st of the academic year, may be eligible to receive support services within their preschool or childcare centre and kindergarten classrooms.

Children aged 2 years 8 months on September 1st of the academic year, may be eligible for Program Unit Funding (PUF) if they meet eligibility criteria following a standardised assessment.

Children aged 3 years 8 months on September 1st of the academic year, may be eligible for Program Unit Funding (PUF); Mild Moderate Funding (MM); or funding for English Second Language Learners (ESL), if they meet eligibility criteria following a standardised assessment.

Prioritisation

Alberta Education has prioritised the identification and remediation of Severe, Mild, Moderate, and English Second Language Learners’ needs by funding services prior to the child’s entry into Elementary School.

All children receiving services from Kids Developmental Services are offered and have access to a full program i.e. 300 hours for PUF children between the age of 2 years 8 months and 3 years 7 months; 400 hours for PUF children between the age of 3 years 8 months and 4 years 7 months; and 475 hours of programming for children accessing MM and ESL funding. Alberta Education’s philosophy of Family Oriented Decision Making, allows parents to develop programming that suits the needs of their child and their family.

Programming

Young children learn best when programming meets their developmental needs and occurs in their natural environment with same aged peers.

Development

Early childhood intervention with preschool-aged children identified with diverse learning needs, helps them to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them for later learning.

Your Child's Program

Team Members could Include

  • Community Preschools or Child Care Centres
  • Alberta Certificated Teachers
  • Developmental Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Family Support Specialists

Programming may Include

  • Online registration and access to the child’s programming documentation using SchoolCloud
  • Standardised screening and assessment
  • Individualised Program Plan developed and written by an Alberta Certificated Teacher
  • Individualised support in the classroom
  • Developmentally appropriate programming and practice
  • Programming sessions in the home to support the child and family
  • KiDS PlayTime – a community-based social group
  • Positive Discipline Parenting workshops and support groups
  • Additional support in the home using the Teleroo™ platform

What To Expect..

Teams consist of families, classrooms, and professionals. Your child’s team starts with you and the preschool or childcare centre they attend. Each member of your child’s team has the same goal – to see your child develop to their full potential in a play-based, natural, fully inclusive and developmentally appropriate environment.

Any child receiving services from Kids Developmental Services may attend KiDS PlayTime. These are social groups that take place in community libraries, centres, parks, playgrounds and any venue in the community that attracts preschool-aged children. Early Intervention Team members join KiDS PlayTime sessions which provides them with the opportunity to work on children’s goals in a small group environment, while determining whether the child is transferring the skills learnt into their natural environment whilst interacting with typically developing children of the same age.

KiDS PlayTime includes outdoor exploration and safe risky play, child-led play, interaction with loose parts, as well as socialisation with children in the community, whenever possible. Parents are invited to join KiDS PlayTime sessions to learn skills to use with their child; to ask professionals questions; and to see the progress their child has made in their natural environment.

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