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Reflective Analysis of Portfolio Artifact

NAEYC Standard:
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs are grounded in a child development knowledge base.
They use their understanding of a) young childrens characteristics and needs, and b) multiple interacting
influences on childrens development and learning, to c) create environments that are healthy, respectful,
supportive, and challenging for each child (NAEYC, 2010).

Brief Description of Evidence:

During the fall semester of 2014 during my ECED 111-Environment for infants and toddlers, I
completed two observations over infants and toddlers. The first one was a safety inspection checklist and I was
to write down strengths and areas of concern in the center I observed, then wrote a summary of my findings.
The second observation was to go into an infant and toddler classroom and interview the teacher and then write
a short summary about what I saw and heard between the children and teacher.

Analysis of What I Learned:

Through completion of these infant and toddler observations I learned that a safety rule in infant and
toddler classrooms is to not use push pins or tacks. To prevent flooding, paint and plaster problems for building
with underground rooms there needs to be some type of seal to prevent the water from leaking in and causing
damage. For my second observation I leaned that small group for infant toddler rooms work best. Teacher have
to keep daily sheets that record what the child ate, when they slept, diapering, and any activities they done.
Teachers also have to fill out incident reports in a child is hurt while in their care.

How This Artifact Demonstrates my Competence on the NAEYC Standard:

I am grounded in standard one because as a teacher I am prepared in early childhood development by
observing infants and toddlers interacting with each other and their teachers in a safe and educational
environment. I know have the knowledge base to create safe, healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging
indoor and outdoor environments for young children by completing a safety checklist at an early childhood
daycare center. I now know that multiple interactions and influences on childrens development from teachers
and their peers will help support children to learn and thrive in an early childhood environment. I understand
infant and toddlers characteristics and needs from completing my teacher interview. She helped me understand
daily needs charts, incident reports, schedules, how to track childrens development and food safety rules while
preparing infants food.