Toddlers need freedom, but also guidance, and the best thing a caregiver can do is give them the “I think you can handle it, but if not I am here” approach. I think this relates back to the fifth principle, which says to respect children as worthy people, because by giving toddlers your confidence in them, they in turn are allowed to develop their own confidence as they discover what they can and cannot do by themselves. “If you understand how infants learn” means to me as an infant/toddler caregiver that infants learn differently than older children, and adults. They are overwhelmed with stimuli, taking in new things every waking moment. A caregiver’s job is to make things as easy as possible for the child by taking things step by step, slowing down and always being consistent. This allows the child to not only feel secure that they are taken care of, but also to discover the world around them with sureness. Discussion 3 1) This is an example of infant education because the caregiver is telling Jasmine what happened, and why it happened. This is essential to Jasmine’s development because she has learned not only what happened to her, but why it happened. In the future, she will remember this moment and not make the same mistake.
2) I would explain to the parent that I was very aware of Jasmine at all times, and I was watching her carefully. When she fell, I immediately made sure she
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