Tools for Continuous Improvement & Development

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Tools for Continuous Improvement & Development by Mind Map: Tools for Continuous Improvement & Development

1. Connections to ELECT foundations

1.1. WELL-BEING

1.1.1. Spacious and safe environment by following the standards of practice

1.1.2. Ensure the well being of the children within the educational environment by providing what is required, and ensuring quality is a top priority

1.1.2.1. Tools for quality control focus on health and safety/well-being of children

1.1.2.1.1. Potential dangers are away from children. Example: cleaning supplies securely hidden away from the learning environment.

1.1.3. By ensuring a childcare environment is high quality, children will always have what they need/want at all times

1.1.3.1. Developmentally appropriate materials/furnishings

1.1.3.2. Access to clean drinking water

1.2. BELONGING

1.2.1. Providing materials and furnishings that are inclusive and developmentally appropriate

1.2.1.1. Languages/cultures represented

1.2.1.2. Prioritizing inclusive materials and furnishings to ensure every child feels they belong

1.2.1.2.1. Always adjust learning environment for children with exceptionalities

1.3. EXPRESSION

1.3.1. Displaying pedagogical documentation and the creations of children within the educational environment.

1.3.1.1. Children can see their work represented/expressed on walls and so can their families (also related to BELONGING)

1.3.1.1.1. Keeping everything at the children's eye level. A quality class room should be a "child-first" location.

1.4. ENGAGEMENT

1.4.1. Using a quality-control tool can help ensure the classroom is prepared for the children and the early learning plans being held within are better implemented and more engaging as a result.

1.4.1.1. Materials accessible for every child, and easily found and easier shared with their peers as well

1.4.1.2. Less clutter = more fun

1.4.2. Create an engaging classroom by utilizing tools to measure quality of an environment. For example, if children throughout an evaluation are not interacting within a specific learning environment, a tool that helps expose the traits of an environment might help point out flaws in the area and the area can be upgraded accordingly

1.4.2.1. Watching children engage within their environment (as well as engaging with them) while utilizing tools can help educators further understand what the children are interested in/not interested in

2. Benefits to personal improvement (as an Early Childhood Educator)

2.1. Potential to improve organization

2.1.1. Utilizing a tool can helps educators understand what needs to be improved in a clear manner, which could make goal-creation and personal organization easier

2.1.1.1. example: The class room is cluttered at a specific time, so an educator might be able to organize a personal schedule that incorporates a set time to re-organize specific areas throughout the day, versus not being focused whatsoever on that task.

2.2. Using ECERS or another quality-control tool can help educators realize what they have to focus on improving.

2.2.1. Example: evaluation using a tool discovers beneficial educational materials are not always available for children, I would have to ensure I am more observant and focus on supplying the materials as required.

2.3. Furthering my understanding of quality control and what benefits the children in my care can improve my ability to provide quality care

2.3.1. Improving my ability to seek out specific traits in a classroom, and to seek out how they benefit (or do not benefit) children within it

2.3.2. Memorizing requirements and constantly working towards improving the class room

2.3.2.1. Commitment to quality

2.3.3. Tools like ECERS lay out what every class room needs to be high quality

2.4. Accurately utilizing tools for quality control is a beneficial skill to have for my career

2.4.1. Something I could potentially write in job application/resume

2.4.2. Responsibility that can benefit myself and others

2.5. Help alter an environment to benefit myself and other staff members

2.5.1. Open to change and knowing how to work towards goals

2.5.1.1. Frequent reflection

3. Improvement to childcare quality

3.1. Evidenced-based tools can improve the quality of childcare by ensuring the educational environment is adhering to what benefits the children

3.1.1. "Can the children see what is written on the walls?"

3.2. Goals to create and to follow

3.2.1. Keeping an eye out for the quality of the environment every day and altering it according to what is required

3.2.1.1. View the classroom as something that can always be improved

3.2.2. Concrete goals that should always be met

3.2.2.1. Keeping a class room "child-focused" (example: child-sized furniture, low shelves)

3.2.2.2. Providing safe and developmentally appropriate educational materials within every learning area

3.2.3. Always actively observe children within the environment

3.2.4. Creating and implementing new goals that can be met to improve the lives of all children as the years pass

3.2.4.1. (example: a child who has immigrated and does not speak English as well as Spanish, and updating the hand-washing instructions in the restroom to have both English and Spanish words)

3.2.4.2. (example: a child with minimal gross motor skills due to an injury, providing a ramp and materials that will improve their experience as they recover)

3.3. Utilizing tools as recommended can provide a "snap shot" of what the learning environment currently is, and thus lead to the development of an improved environment as flaws are acknowledged and altered for improvement.

3.3.1. Create an environment children can truly enjoy and feel comfort within

3.4. Potential for a beneficial leadership role if I am requested to complete an assessment and have others assist me

3.4.1. Interacting with other professionals and collaborating to improve a class room environment

3.4.1.1. Learning through others and further memorization of information through verbal and/or written communication