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

Format: 3 hours, 30-40 participants, lecture, video, discussion, small group work, role play.

This session focuses on two of the PITCís six recommended program policies for infant/toddler careósmall 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 childrenís ages, stages of development, temperaments, families and cultural practices, and differing abilities. Discussion addresses how full consideration of individual childrenís 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 childrenís 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 A Roadmap to Implementation of Small Groups
Handout A Roadmap to Implementation of Small Groups - Symbols
Handout Agenda
Handout Creating Small Groups: A Hands-On Activity Trainer Instructions
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 Providing Individualized Care
Handout Resource Search: Creating Small Groups
Handout SAMPLE Small Groups Road Map Activity Summary
Handout Taking the Infant's Perspective Trainer Instructions
Handout Three Unique Infants and Toddlers
Handout What Makes Us Who We Are?
Manual Trainer's Manual Module II: Group Care, Second Edition
PowerPoint Making It Happen: Individualized Care and Small Groups
PowerPoint Small Groups