Following children’s unique rhythms and styles promotes well-being and a healthy sense of self. Children need to feel positively about their biological rhythms or needs that may differ from those of other children.

Responding promptly to children’s individual needs supports their growing ability to self-regulate, (i.e., to function autonomously in personal and social contexts). The program adapts to each child, rather than vice versa and the children get the message that each of them is important, that their needs will be met, and that their choices, preferences, and impulses are respected.

As you watch the video, consider...

  1. What is individualized care?
  2. What intake information is helpful for individualizing care?
  3. How are routines and schedules individualized for infants and toddlers?
  4. How is curriculum planning individualized in family child care?