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This workshop will pertain to center-based care only.
Strong attachment relationships between babies and toddlers and the adults who care for them are critical to early brain development. The security of a child’s attachment to primary caregivers provides a base for the child’s social-emotional development, as well as for all other learning. In this workshop, the three elements of intimacy in group care: primary care, small groupings, and continuity of care, are discussed in depth. We will define what primary caregiving is and what it is not, and identify the objectives and benefits to utilizing primary caregiving; discuss the elements of quality group care for infants and toddlers and how small group care supports the development of trusting relationships between infants and adult caregivers. A “continuity of care” approach can enhance the relationship between caregivers and young children in center-based child care programs by keeping young children within the same setting and with the same team of providers for an extended period, usually for the first three years of their lives. This session looks more in depth at the approach of continuity of care and the benefits of programs using the continuity of care approach. We will examine models and strategies for the implementation in the classroom. *Please bring your lunch. A half hour break is included in the total time.
Core Knowledge Area: Teaching-Learning Interactions & Approaches