|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.
II Group Care