Infants and toddlers are explorers — their interactions with trusted adults provide the emotional fuel these very young children need to puzzle out the mysteries of the social and physical world. Cheeky Cherubs provides a range of strategies Early Years Educators can use to create supportive interactions with Infant, Wobblers and Toddlers.
Very young children are just formulating a sense of themselves and an understanding of what the rest of the world is all about. Their interactions with parents and caregivers significantly influence the life-long conclusions children draw from their experiences. If parents’ and caregivers’ interactions are supportive, this shapes children’s perceptions of themselves as capable, trusted, and trustworthy human beings.
Caregivers strive to form positive, reciprocal relationships with children- relationships in which encouragement is the key. They cuddle, hold, play, and talk with children in a warm, unhurried, give-and-take manner. Guided by practical theories of child development, caregivers attempt to see things from the child’s point of view, encourage rather than thwart children’s efforts and communications. They take cues from children rather than impose their own ideas and assume a problem-solving approach to children’s interpersonal conflicts rather than punish children or solve their problems for them.
In Cheeky Cherubs Infant, Wobbler and Toddler settings, caregivers maintain the overall routine as consistently as possible, while flexing it to accommodate individual children’s natural rhythms and temperaments.
Each child’s individual schedule is anchored around a primary caregiver. Having this caregiver as a “home base” provides the very young child with a sense of security while away from home.
Parts of the Daily Schedule for Infants, Wobblers and Toddlers include:
- Arrivals and Departures
- Choice Time
- Group Times
- Outside Time
- Caregiving Routines