Children learn so much from watching and observing the world around them. Good vision helps a child learn how to reach out and touch an object, crawl over to you or grab onto a chair and pull up. Good vision is especially critical as children learn how to walk and move around. Child care providers are in a good position to recognize children who are having problems with their vision. Vision problems for children are often minor, and can often be corrected with glasses or surgery.
Because vision is so important for learning and development, it is crucial child care providers alert parents right away if they suspect a child may have a visual problem. Encourage them to have their child's vision tested and help them enroll their child in early intervention right away if a vision problem is confirmed. Take a look at the article Tips for Child Care Providers to Communicate Concerns about Children's Development with Parents for suggestions on how to approach parents with your concerns.
Explore the following sections to learn more about visual disabilities, and to discover ways child care providers can help children with visual disabilities learn and grow.
For more information on supporting children with special needs in a child care program, check out the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care section on Child Care for Children with Special Needs.