Preschool in Tulsa, OK 74110
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Tulsa, OK 74110
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In a primary care system, each child is assigned to one special caregiver who is principally responsible for that childs care. When children spend a longer day in care than their primary caregiver, a second caregiver is assigned to the primary relationship. Primary care does not mean exclusive care. It means, however, that all parties know who has primary responsibility for each child.
Every major research study on infant and toddler care has shown that small group size and good ratios are key components of quality care. The guiding principle for the Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC) is: The younger the child, the smaller the group. Small groups facilitate the provision of personalized care that infants and toddlers need, supporting peaceful exchanges, freedom and safety to move and explore, and the development of intimate relationships.
Developed by J. Ronald Lally & Peter Mangione, 2002 WestEd. The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers. This document may be reproduced for educational purposes.
Mixed age grouping allows families and children to bond over time with a primary caregiver and through this bonding, children are better able to connect to the world around them. Young infants and toddlers use the primary caregiver as a secure base and from there, begin to explore their world. Through this security, children learn and grow from everyday experiences. They feel comfortable to go and explore in the sand and know that their caregiver will be there for them and help them celebrate their accomplishments when they are done. At Crosstown, when we put multiple ages together, teachers are able to focus more on the individual developmental levels, rather than the numerical age of the children.
Family Style Meals: When serving children family-style meals, food is placed in bowls or platters of food are put on the table and children are encouraged to serve themselves, or with the help of an adult. This helps children learn self-help and life skills. Children are willing to try new foods when they can choose the amount and type of food they want on their plate. Family style meals help children learn and practice fine and large motor skills with their fingers, hands and arms. They learn skills such as passing, pouring, and scooping. In addition, the opportunity to sit down together and eat helps children to learn language skills.