Combining a child-centered philosophy with problem-solving strategies and a thorough discussion of diversity, Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers offers an ideal introduction to curriculum and care for infants and toddlers. The approach to caregiving that underlies the text is based on a combination of Magda Gerber’s philosophy and that of her late colleague, Emmi Pikler: both pioneers taught caregivers how to respect young children and stressed the need to integrate (1) concepts of child development with caregiving, (2) knowledge of play as curriculum, (3) the physical and social environment, and (4) adult relations. Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers applies this approach in a practical, meaningful way for students and faculty in introductory early childhood courses.
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Practical focus. Although research based, the focus of the book is on application. Child development and caregiving are discussed in practical terms so caregivers learn how to apply their knowledge.
Child-centered framework. The philosophy of caregiving that underlies this book comes from Magda Gerber and Tom Forrest, M.D., as well as the earlier work of Emmi Pikler. These pioneers of the field stressed: the need to integrate (1) knowledge of play as curriculum, (2) concepts of child development with caregiving, (3) the physical and social environment, and (4) adult relations.
Ten underlying principles. The authors integrate ten principles of caregiving throughout the text, each based on the central role of respect. These principles provide a basis for understanding child development and the problem-solving strategies that are the foundation of daily caregiving practices.
Problem-solving emphasis. The text is directed to those who are preparing to work with infants and toddlers'not to students who plan to conduct research. The approach of the text, therefore, encompasses realistic scenarios, problems and suggested solutions, guidelines for teaching skills, discussion questions, suggested reading, and verbatim reports and anecdotes.
Activity questions. Thought / Activity questions for each chapter ask the reader to think about and develop practical applications to everyday problems that arise in the normal course of daily caregiving.
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