Purpose Statement:

All students in this program are expected to meet certain essential functions/technical standards which are essential for successful completion of all phases of the program and which reflect industry requirements and standards. To verify the students’ ability to perform these essential functions, students may be required to demonstrate the following technical standards: 

Standard Definition of Standard Example(s) of Technical Standard
1. Critical Thinking Skills Observation, analysis, interpretation, reflection, evaluation, inference, explanation, problem-solving, and decision-making. Demonstrate a sound knowledge base from which to support children as they develop more deeply into content

Encourage children to question and challenge existing beliefs, structures, and practices

Observe individual children as well as a group of children for monitoring safety, social interaction, non-verbal cues or signs of physical abuse or neglect

Adapt to changing duties and needs of work environment to include retaining new information as related to the program, the profession, and needs of each child

Exercise independent judgment to effectively solve problems, and make decisions

Effectively communicate concerns, incidents, and questions with parents using confidentiality and respect

2. Mobility/Motor Skills Ability to move safely, efficiently, and effectively from one to place to another Have mobility, strength, and dexterity to be able to lift a child weighing up to 50 pounds

Ability to stand or sit in front of groups of children and present class materials

Ability to interact at each child’s level and retrieve children who wander and/or run from the group

Ability to navigate and maneuver quickly as needed but especially in emergency situations

Ability to perform duties safely and properly (i.e. change a diaper or cleaning-sweeping, mopping, cleaning tables and toilets, etc.)

Be able to interact with children in outdoor environments

3. Tactile Skills Ability to be exposed to and utilize a variety of materials such as their texture, weight, or temperature, and the composition of objects, their shapes, the materials from which they’re made, etc. This requires immediate proximity to the material Demonstrate required sensory skills in order to set up and participate in activities that require a wide variety of sensory materials (playdough, finger paint, packing materials, gooey materials, etc.)

Possess tactile skills and ability to tolerate necessary duties: diapering and toileting, wiping noses, cleaning vomit, blood, etc.

4. Auditory Skills Able to take in information and follow directions Understand and respond to oral communications and directions and able to receive direction, suggestions, and feedback from co-workers, supervisors, and families

Have adequate hearing in order to supervise children from across the classroom

Able to tolerate and keep composure in loud environments (child screaming/tantrum, indoor active play, musical instruments, loud play inside a gym, etc.)

5. Visual Skills Able to distinguish, segregate, isolate visual information Demonstrate adequate vision in order to supervise children from across the classroom
6. Communication Skills Maintain good verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills, listening, speaking, observing, and empathizing Communicate appropriately and have adequate verbal and written communication skills with adults (colleagues, parents, families) and children of differing ages, as well as good communication skills of listening, speaking, observing, and empathizing

Understand and respond to oral communications and directions
Impart information and orally communicate appropriately with children, families, and others

Be able to read, write, understand, and respond to written instructions, communications, and materials

7. Interpersonal Skills Able to communicate and build relationships with others Active listening, teamwork, responsibility, dependability, leadership, motivation, flexibility, patience, and empathy

Take initiative in speaking with parents to make them and the child feel welcome

Work with parents and children during arrival and departure to provide smooth transitions

Stay in control and adequately supervise a group of at least 15 children who are performing different activities

Ability to meet the needs of small and/or large groups of children while also being aware of the other children in the room; and helping those with special needs or problems at any given time

Be willing to receive direction, suggestions, and feedback from co-workers, supervisors, and families

8. Behavioral Skills Able to maintain interpersonal, self-regulatory, and task-related behaviors that connect to successful performance in education and workplace settings Goal setting and planning, self-improvement, empathy, conflict resolution, and time management

Be dependable: not be late or absent from work in excess or without notification

Refrain from the use and abuse of any substance that would impair the ability to attend work consistently and work with children in a reliable manner

Have the ability to attend work consistently and work with children in a reliable manner to ensure the safety of, observation of, and assessment of all situations involving a child, groups of children, and co-workers

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Accessibility Services Statement

The College has a legal obligation to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and are seeking accommodations, you should contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office (Sink Building; (828) 694-1813; access@blueridge.edu). Students can contact SAS at any time, however they are encouraged to initiate this process as soon as possible (prior to the start of classes and/or field experience).