Module 8 Outcome C: The student will describe his or her philosophy and / or goals in working with children.
There is new interest in the field, because studies are beginning to show that children who attend high-quality school age care programs do better in school, stay in school, are less likely to take unhealthy risks, and have healthier peer relationships than their peers who stay home alone. Schools are looking to school age care both to help them support children who are struggling academically and to provide enrichment activities so that the children can experience things that have been cut from the school day, like music and art classes. Certain sectors of the workforce have also turned their attention to school age care as a means of providing them with employees who have certain skills and abilities.
To provide high-quality school age care, it is important to understand the philosophy and goals of the program you work for, and to consider how those align to your own philosophy and goals for working with children. When you are clear about your own values, you can then be intentional about the activities that you plan, and you can tell others about the important work you do.
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