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A "Typical" Day Caring for Infants and Toddlers

by Amy Laura Dombro, Diane Trister Dodge, and Laura J. Colker
July/August 1997
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In our last article ("Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers: Who Needs It?," November 1996), we defined what quality infant/toddler care looks like and showed how a formal curriculum model can help you to achieve quality in your program. But how do you go from knowing what to do to actually doing it? Putting theory and ideas into practice is not easy. It takes a lot of skill. Think of all the responsibilities you must juggle to achieve a quality program.

The following section describes a "typical" day caring for infants and toddlers. It explains how you juggle a wide range of responsibilities and shows you how an appropriate curriculum can help you to make the countless decisions you make every day. How does your day compare to this "typical" day?

Review Your Plan for the Day

As you walk into your center or make a cup of coffee before the first family arrives on your doorstep, run through the day in your mind.

n Collect all the ingredients for play dough.

n Plan how you will give special attention to a child who has seemed especially quiet and withdrawn for the past two days. Make a point of talking with the child's grandmother about what she ...

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