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What makes a great day of play and learning for infants and toddlers?

Bowlby’s attachment theory and the circle of securiity of Hoffman, Cooper and Powell offer strong arguments for a curriculum based in developing strong attachment relationships between adults and infants. It therefore follows as Stonehouse and Greenman assert ‘the most important ingredient in good qaulity care for babies is the quality of the staff who work with the children’.

In this workshop we will investigate, routine and transitions as an opportunity for care moments and teaching and learning opportunities; the elements of a dynamic and effective learning program in an infant toddler room; and beautiful and engaging environments in which to lcoare our pedagogy.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of using routines to support children’s learning and development
  • Discuss the components of an effective curriculum for infants and todlers, including intentional and spontaneous teaching momenmts
  • Work with colleagues to formulate an effective infant toddler curriculum that best reposnde to identified learning needs
  • Appraise the value and appropriateness of teaching and learning experiences for infants
  • Describe the purpose and function of documentation with a specific focus on infants and toddlers
  • Collaborately plan for and set up an indoor and outdoor environment for infants and toddlers that incorporates key design features
  • Describe how the indoor and outdoor environment enhances teaching and learning for infants