ERIC Number: ED288625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep-25
Reference Count: 0
Quality Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Are There Magic Recipes?
Honig, Alice Sterling
A survey of research findings on environmental and person variables provides clues as to what is required in a high quality infant-toddler program. One of the most important components of such a program is a loving, responsive caregiver. Research has shown that there are specific adult qualities that nurture the roots of intellectual competence, cooperative interactions, and resilience in coping with stress. Some of these qualities are: (1) tender, careful holding; (2) the ability to provide feedings that respect individual tempos; (3) accurate interpretation of, and prompt attention to, distress signals; (4) provision of opportunities and freedom to explore toys on the floor; and (5) the ability to give babies control over social interactions. In addition, opportunities for language interchanges and turn-taking talk are important in promoting optimal develpment. Adults also need to understand infant developmental levels and sensorimotor states when planning environments for infants and toddlers. Optimal nutrition and preventive health care are also important aspects of a quality program. Finally, adults should be aware of the importance they have as rule-givers and role models. Adults can encourage prosocial, altruistic behaviors in children by their own actions and by the way in which they handle conflicts. Quality infant-toddler programs can have a positive effect on the facilitation of cognitive and social development in very young children. (PCB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a Teacher Conference of the Lomas and Nettleton Child Care Center (Dallas, TX, September 25, 1987).