The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Quality practice in infant and toddler group care grows out of an understanding of current research and accepted theories of child development.
- Each infant or toddler in care deserves individualized care and learning opportunities. This can only happen through on-going observation and documentation of each child’s development.
- To build reciprocal relationships with parents, caregivers must respect the interests and needs of the family.
- Quality infant/toddler care requires mature, loving and reflective practitioners. The younger and more vulnerable the child, the more time, attention and love the caregiver must provide.
- A major priority for infant and toddler care programs is the inclusion of all children.
- In quality programs, children learn through routines and play.
- Caregivers orchestrate play in aesthetic, warm and responsive environments.
- Quality practices in the care of infants and toddlers focuses on the promotion of healthy development of the whole child.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand current research and accepted theories of infant and toddler development, and use that knowledge as the basis for effective practice.
- Understand the principles involved in creating environments that promote play and exploration for infants and toddlers.
- Design safe, yet challenging learning experiences that foster development in each child.
- Develop observational skills and become aware of the young child’s pre-verbal cues in order to effectively meet his or her needs.
- Learn to work within the adult-to-child ratio, where the caregiver is responsible for more than one child.
- Develop an understanding of the health, safety and nutrition principles and practices required to meet the children’s needs.
- Develop the necessary skills for working effectively with the families of young children.
- Understand the importance of on-going communication when working with young children, families and co-workers.
- Understand and apply current licensing standards when caring for infants and toddlers in group settings.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the record-keeping practices used in infant/toddler centres.
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.
- Observation Assignments
- Class Presentations