Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers

by Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Dianne Widmeyer Eyer
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Grades: 13 - 17
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 27th January 2020
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 18.54  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 12

The major theme of this textbook - the idea of respectful, responsive, and reciprocal adult-infant-toddler interactions has been consistent with each edition.  The underlying framework for the textbook is founded in the âTen Principlesâ which is initially discussed in Chapter 1.  Respectful behaviors on the part of the caregivers are the basis of the Ten Principles.  The textbook refers to these in every chapter, and a âPrinciples in Actionâ feature in each chapter uses a scenario to further explain individual principles.

Respect is a key component of the curriculum that Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers advocates.  Curriculum has to do with respecting and responding to each childâs needs in sensitive ways that promote attachment.  Curriculum for infants and toddlers embraces everything that happens during the day.  This textbook consistently outlines well-established practices related to sensitive care and program planning that are designed to promote well-being and identity formation in infants and toddlers.  

The focus of Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers is on action - putting theory into practice.  Knowing âaboutâ is different from knowing âhow to.â  The authors appreciate that even people with considerable understanding of early development may have trouble acting on that understanding unless they have also learned to apply theory.  The caregiver role incorporates that of teach and education.  Appreciating diversity, cultural and linguistic difference, and inclusion have grown in significance with each edition, and are reflected in positive, non-biased terminology throughout the textbook.

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