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In this part of the course, we focus on caregiving. Caregiving is an integral part of the curriculum for young children. Because caregiving moments happen multiple times a day for infants and toddlers, capitalising on these moments as opportunities for attuned, intersubjective engagement is a foundation for effective pedagogy. Again, we will see how the principles that underpin our work with infants and toddlers can be played out in these regular, one-to-one interactions between teachers and children.
The aims of this part of the course are:
- To reflect upon how our image of the child is reflected in our caregiving actions and attitudes
- To identify the important elements of quality caregiving practices
- To analyse a caregiving moment and make an assessment of its quality
This will involve:
- Reading about and reflecting on respectful practices with infants and toddlers
- Reading about the features of quality caregiving
- Watching a video in which two teachers from The Learning Centre, Alex Neilson and Janine Brooker, discuss their caregiving practice
- Reflecting on the key ingredients of a caregiving moment
- Practising and reflecting upon a caregiving moment with your focus child
You can also discuss how you organise caregiving practices in your setting, and as usual there is some further reading and watching that expands some of the topics in this part a bit further.