Christine Fields, Infant/Toddler Specialist at 4C for Children, talks to us about important considerations when choosing care for your child from newborn to 3 years old.
Summary of Interview
3 Aspects of Safe and Healthy Care for your Infant or Toddler:
1 – Group Size and Ratio – What is the maximum number of children allowed in the infant/toddler setting at one time? The fewer the better! When ratios are lower children form better relationships with their care providers and receive more one on one time with them.
2 – Consistency of Care Provider – Are the same caregivers with the children everyday? Infants and toddlers need to be able to build secure attachments and strong relationships with their caregivers to develop and grow. Children comfortable with the care providers will be more likely to explore their environment.
3 – Environment – Is the care environment child friendly? Is there space for children to move freely throughout the room? Are there child size furnishings with age appropriate activities for children to explore?
Source: 4C for Children
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