DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE. The following lecture notes comprise of chapters 1,2,& 4 of the DAP. The noted information represent fundamental principles which begin to define teacher and organizational commitments to children and children’s commitment to self development.
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DAP in Early Childhood Programs Serving from Birth through Age 8
Identify principles of DAP for professionals who make decision about the care and education of young children.
ECE professionals are responsible for establishing:
Standards of high-quality
Professional practice in early programs
Early Childhood Programs
Child care centers
Family child care homes
Private and Public Preschools
Primary-grade schoolsNAEYC POSITION ON DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE (DAP)
6. Development and learning result from interaction of biological maturation and the environment, which includes both the physical and social worlds that children live in.
7. Play is an important vehicle for children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development, as well as a reflection of their development.
8. Development advances when children have opportunities to practice newly acquired skills as well as when they experience a challenge just beyond the level of their present mastery. Learning and intelligence is multidimensional.
9. Children develop and learn best in the context of a community where they are safe and valued, their physical needs are met, and they feel psychologically secure