Working with families, the Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) provides consultation, extra staffing supports and staff training to child care providers and early childhood educators.
The SCDP helps to ensure that all children are included in, and learn from, their preschool, daycare, or child care arrangement in Greater Victoria. Key principles guide how the SCDP promotes the inclusion of children. See SCDP Guiding Principles (PDF).
The Supported Child Development Program (SCDP):
- accepts referrals from both parents and professionals who work with children with developmental and behavioural challenges from birth to 19 years.
- gives priority to the inclusion of children in licensed child care and preschool programs.
- contracts with child care providers, preschool operators and families to provide inclusive care and developmental opportunities
An SCD Consultant:
- must be involved for a family or child care provider to receive any of the services from the Supported Child Development Program.
- is either a member of the QACCH’s Early Intervention Program (birth to 5 years or school entry) or the School Age Therapy Program (5 to 13 years).
- commits resources to the support plans based on local and provincial policies and procedures to the limit of the SCDP’s available budget.
- decides on the level of consultant support and funding for staffing (in addition to VIHA Licensing adult-to-child ratio) by:
- completing the Support Guide with families and child care providers,
- observing the child in their child care setting, and
- consulting with other health care professionals and community partners involved with the child and family.