Infant and toddler curriculum should meet the unique and individual needs of all children. Due to the different eating and sleep cycles of young infants, a strict schedule of activities is not appropriate. The basis of an infant and toddler curriculum will revolve around basic care routines such as diapering, feeding, and sleeping. Routines help infants and toddlers feel safe and secure in their environment. Young children gain an understanding of everyday events and procedures and learn what is expected of them as routines make their environment more predictable. Routines can also help infants and toddlers become more trusting of caregivers.
The components of a quality infant/toddler curriculum are based on:
- Close, caring relationships with a primary caregiver.
- Predictable routines and environments.
- Home/School connections.
- Hands-on exploration and play in a safe, opportunity-filled environment.
Providers working with infants and toddlers benefit from a deep understanding of individual needs and routine care. Those providers looking to advance their skills in lesson planning for infants and toddlers will benefit from Meaningful Lesson Planning for Infants/Toddlers training course offered by H&H Child Care Training Center.
In this 3-hour online child care course, learners will be able to identify the following:
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