Programming

Big Plans for Little Kids is dedicated to providing quality intervention services within selected preschool sites.

Our dedicated professionals work closely with families to create goals that will fit best into the child’s environment. The goals are implemented in a fun and engaging way, which encourages children to reach goals while developing confidence, enthusiasm, and passion for learning!


 

Early Intervention Programming

Early intervention is a system of coordinated services that promotes the child’s growth and development and supports families during the critical early years.

Early intervention services are provided to children identified with mild to moderate or severe needs. Funding for these services are provided by Alberta Education. Please refer to the Alberta Education website for more information regarding funding requirements.


Big Plans for Little Kids also provides support for children and their families through Family Oriented Programming Sessions (FOPS). FOPS are individually planned and developmentally appropriate interventions for children with special education needs. Programs are designed to actively involve parent and/or caregivers in supporting the child's special education goals. FOPS facilitators work with families on strategies for how to meet a child's educational needs in the home and community. Please click HERE for more information about FOPS.

Mild-Moderate Programming

What Is Mild-Moderate Programming?

This child is coded because they are Mild-Moderately delayed in achievement of age-appropriate development. (NOTE: Mild-Moderate is a conjoined term - MILD ONLY {MO} delays are eligible for coding in and of themselves).

The funding is sourced from Alberta Education and is offered to children in their Jr. Kindergarten year (the year prior to entry into kindergarten). It is necessary that the program is completely and fully operational within the child’s educational setting. It is NOT therapy based. Certain therapies may be recommended based on formalized assessment scores that record a notable delay. These therapies will address needs that have or may arise within the child’s structured educational setting and are mediated and addressed within the classroom through the certificated teacher involvement. Programming is formally tracked through the creation of an IPP document which is used to document and review the child’s mastery of new skills.

PUF Programming

The acronym itself stands for Program Unit Funding, essentially meaning the child is seen to be eligible to receive a unit of funding (for early intervention).

This funding is sourced from Alberta Education. It is necessary that the program is completely and fully operational within the child’s educational setting. The program is NOT therapy based, it may however be recommended - based on formalized assessment scores, therapist recommendation, teacher recommendations and anecdotal reports that additional expertise and revised programming must be added through contractual and consultative relationships with specialists.

The program will not be operated or evaluated based on the number of hours of therapy, rather on the modifications within their educational setting that make their learning experiences successful. Progress must also be evident through the implementation of these modifications. These modifications are all enlisted within the IPP document for the purposes of formal tracking and review.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Creating safe and caring environments for children from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds involves establishing a tone of respect. This means that children, parents and community members should feel as though they are welcomed members of the learning community and that their diverse identities are valued. Big Plans for Little Kids reflects a strong commitment to offering additional language instruction to help create opportunities for students and families to make choices about student learning experiences.

Our ELL program allows young children to:

  • Build confidence in a school setting
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Develop social and emotional skills
  • Develop fine and gross motor skills
  • Learn through play in small class settings

WHAT is ELL Programming?

This child is coded as either a Canadian born or foreign born first-language-speaker of a language OTHER THAN English. The funding is sourced from Alberta Education and is offered to children in their Jr. Kindergarten year (the year prior to entry into kindergarten). Formal ELL assessments must be conducted by an Alberta Certificated Teacher in order to provide coding to this child. It is necessary that the program is completely and fully operational within the child’s educational setting. It is NOT necessarily therapy based, however, one-on-one focused practice and exposure to English in a structured and repetitive format has been proven to be one way of fostering improved second understanding and use. ELL therapy will address needs that have or may arise within the child’s structured educational setting and are mediated and addressed within the classroom through the certificated teacher involvement. Programming is formally tracked through the creation of an IPP document which is used to document and review the child’s mastery of new skills.

To be eligible to receive any of the above funding types, the child must attend a preschool program that is approved by Alberta Licensing. The Educational Coordinator is required to keep attendance for each and every child receiving funding. An IPP must be created for every funded child and these documents are both part of our audit procedure.

For more information about the ELL program and it's funding requirements, please refer to the Alberta Education website for more details.

 

FSCD Common Approach

What is the Common Approach?

Alberta Education and Alberta Human Services are encouraging all families who meet eligibility criteria to receive FSCD Specialized Services (funding) and are also eligible to receive PUF funding to seek-out a “one plan and one team” OR ‘coordinated approach’ to their services.  This ‘Coordinated or Common Approach’ will support children and their families in their home and communities, as well as  in their educational setting.

In response to the new mandate of both ministries, Big PLANS, like other agencies, is beginning to offer the Common Approach to families. It is our goal to make this a positive learning experience for all partners. We focus on a play-based approach, responding to family needs, we offer support for classroom teachers and encourage strong communication within our intervention teams.   Our desire is for all children to develop an overall zest for learning! 
The bottom line is that the Common Approach will help your child reach their full potential at home, in your community, and in the school environment. 

What are some benefits of the Common Approach?

  • It is an efficient use of government funded resources.
  • Families better learn how to meet the needs’ of their children across all contexts.
  • The network of supports for the child grows stronger.
  • Children are more likely to reach the family’s prioritized goals.
  • For more information on the PUF/FSCD Common Approach, visit the Government of Alberta website HERE.

What does this mean for your family?

  • You will be asked to communicate openly with both FSCD and Big PLANS about your child’s developing skills and ongoing needs.
  • A team will be created with Big PLANS professionals for you. The team will use consistent goals and strategies to support growth across environments. They will provide therapy and support for you and your child in the areas of English learning, speech-language, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, behavior/psychology, and Aid/Child Development Specialist support.
  • You may, however, be required to coordinate this same Big PLANS team, as a private team, to provide the FSCD support. This responsibility may involve monthly payments of contractors before FSCD is able to reimburse you for services.
  • View the FSCD Policy and Procedure Manual by the Alberta Government HERE

 

 

Early Intervention Programming
Early intervention is a system of coordinated services that promotes the child’s growth and development and supports families during the critical early years. Early intervention services are provided to children identified ...
Mild-Moderate Programming
What Is Mild-Moderate Programming? This child is coded because they are Mild-Moderately delayed in achievement of age-appropriate development. (NOTE: Mild-Moderate is a conjoined term - MILD ONLY {MO} delays are eligible ...
PUF Programming
The acronym itself stands for Program Unit Funding, essentially meaning the child is seen to be eligible to receive a unit of funding (for early intervention). This funding is sourced from ...
English Language Learners (ELL)
Creating safe and caring environments for children from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds involves establishing a tone of respect. This means that children, parents and community members should feel as ...
FSCD Common Approach
What is the Common Approach? Alberta Education and Alberta Human Services are encouraging all families who meet eligibility criteria to receive FSCD Specialized Services (funding) and are also eligible to receive ...