Module II: Sessions

Introduction to Module II: Philosophical Foundations of Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups
This presentation introduces special considerations in caring for infants and toddlers and six program policies that support the development of emotionally secure relationships in the group care setting. An overview of the content of Module II explores the positive impact of responsive caregiving routines, well-designed learning environments, and individualized care on the well-being and development of children from birth to three. Attention is also given to how the policies of primary care, small groups, continuity of care, individualization of care, culturally responsive care, and inclusive care of children with special needs provide the foundation for high quality infant/toddler care. This session closes with the DVD Together in Care: Meeting the Intimacy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups, which examines the program policies of primary care, small groups, and continuity of care. more >>

Environments for Group Care
This session focuses on (1) the intentional use of space, equipment, and materials to support children’s development and learning in infant/toddler care programs, and (2) the DVD Space to Grow: Creating a Child Care Environment for Infants and Toddlers, which illustrates eight concepts that are at the heart of high quality infant care environments: Health, Safety, Comfort, Convenience, Choice, Flexibility, Movement, and Child Size. more >>

More Than Just Routine
This highly interactive session covers every aspect of caregiving routines, from their basics to their importance as opportunities for children’s learning and relationship building. It highlights feeding, diapering, and napping through the use of the DVD It’s Not Just Routine: Feeding, Diapering and Napping Infants and Toddlers. In addition, participants actively explore complex cultural issues related to the routine care of infants and toddlers. more >>

Making It Happen: Small Groups and Individualized Care
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. more >>

Exploring Primary Caregiving and Continuity of Care
This session explores more deeply two of the three recommended program policies—primary care and continuity of care—that are presented in the DVD Together in Care. Activities during this session encourage participants to reflect on the meaning of relationships in their lives and connect their feelings about relationships to the relationship experiences of infants and toddlers in group care. Attachment research is reviewed to support the PITC’s emphasis on primary relationships that continue over time. In a small group activity, participants develop strategies to address social, economic, and attitudinal barriers to implementing the policies of primary care and continuity. more >>

Respectful Care (Optional)
This session focuses on the highly influential and regarded approach to infant/toddler care of internationally known expert Magda Gerber. It features the DVD Respectfully Yours: Magda Gerber’s Approach to Professional Infant/Toddler Care, which presents an interview of Ms. Gerber by J. Ronald Lally, Ed.D., with illustrative footage from typical infant/toddler child care programs. Participants view and discuss challenging and sometimes controversial ideas in areas such as guidance and discipline, toys and equipment, infant stimulation, and culture and family. more >>

Developing Your Plan for Training
In addition to the major content sessions, each module training institute concludes with a session that focuses on adult learning concepts and strategies as well as on building a community of learners. During this session, faculty work with participants to review the content and training strategies presented in each of the module’s sessions. Participants have an opportunity to clarify topics and discuss issues that they may encounter when they train with the PITC information and materials. Time is allotted for participants to work in small groups to begin creating lesson plans for their certification papers and for their use in training infant care teachers. more >>

PITC Certification Paper Guidelines, Academic Units, and CDA Information
This session is offered once at each trainer institute and is required only for new participants. It presents information about the guidelines for completion of certification papers and provides an opportunity to answer questions about the PITC certification process. more >>