Making It Happen: Small Groups and Individualized Care
A PITC Training Session

Session Format: 3-hour session, 30-40 participants, lecture, discussion, small group work, role play

This session focuses on two of the PITC’s six recommended program policies for infant/toddler care—small groups and individualized care. Presenter models how to use active learning activities to help training participants (1) reflect on the experience of having their own individual needs respected or not, (2) explore the chaos of large group infant/toddler care environments, and (3) create floor plans of infant/toddler care environments. During the first half of the session, participants consider a range of different needs including children’s ages, stages of development, temperaments, families and cultural practices, and differing abilities. Discussion addresses how full consideration of individual children’s differing needs leads to care that is appropriate to each child. The second half of the session examines strategies for creating intimate environments that support children’s relationships and learning, particularly how to overcome barriers to setting up environments to accommodate small groups.

Related Module(s):
II Group Care

Related Resources:

Article Child Care is Rich in Routines
Article How Mothers in Four American Cultural Groups Shape Infant Learning During Mealtimes
Article Individualized Care
Article Small Groups
Handout Agenda
Handout Creating Small Groups: A Hands-On Activity Trainer Instructions
Handout Division and Definition of Space
Handout Key Concepts - Individualized Care
Handout Key Concepts - Small Groups
Handout Linking the PITC Trainer Institute Sessions to Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Handout PITC Recommendations for Group Size, Ratios, and Amount of Space
Handout PITC’s Definition of Small Groups
Handout PITC’s Temperament Dimensions
Handout Program Barriers
Handout Resource List
Handout Self-reflection
Handout Small Groups Total Number of Infants in a Group Should Be Limited
Handout Small Groups Support
Handout Taking the Infant's Perspective Trainer Instructions
Handout Three Unique Infants and Toddlers
Handout Why small groups? Why not large groups?
Manual Manual pedagógico, Módulo II: El cuidado infantil en grupo
Manual Trainer's Manual Module II: Group Care, Second Edition
PowerPoint Making It Happen: Small Groups and Individualized Care
DVD Together in Care: Meeting the Intimacy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups