- Being warm, caring and responsive to your child. Children who receive warm, responsive care are more likely to feel safe and secure with adults who care for them. These early relationships affect the way a child’s brain works and grows. Paying close attention to a child’s signals helps him/her feel secure with the caregiver.
- Talking, singing, and reading to your child. Making up stories, singing songs, talking about what is happening during daily routines are important for your child’s language, social, emotional, and cognitive development and give children a solid basis for later learning.
- Establishing routines and rituals. Positive routines and rituals from strong connections in the brain and help children feel secure. daily routines and rituals reassure children; they help a child learn what to expect from this environment and how to understand and feel in control of the world around him.
- Limiting TV watching. Studies show that children who learn best in school don’t spend a lot of time watching TV. Very young children are still learning what is real and what is not, and they may find many TV images frightening and confusing. If children watch TV, it’s best to have adults watch with them and talk about what they’re seeing.
- Encouraging your child’s safe exploration and play. Children learn about how the world works by playing and exploring. And the more caregivers get involved in the child’s play, the more they help a child learn. The provider encourages pretend play, which is building both language and cognitive skills and she also helps the child develop socially and emotionally by letting the child know that he is important and fun to be with.
- Disciplining children with love and understanding. Make sure that the provider does not shake infants and the provider understands that babies can’t manipulate anyone. They cry because they are trying to express what they need. Caregivers can never spoil an infant by responding to the infant’s needs.
- Toddlers spend time exploring their world, which naturally leads to confusion and frustration from time to time. They can express their feelings very intensively. Providing limits and consistent supervision helps children learn to manage their emotions and to feel safe. A caregiver should never hit a child.
- Discipline means ‘to teach,’ and the way children are taught to deal with frustration and anger are often stronger than their ability to control their feelings, so they may hit, yell or have tantrums. When caregivers respond in a supportive, consistent and firm way, and help children find other ways to express their feelings , they help children to feel safe in the world.
- Recognizing that your child is unique. Children’s ideas and feelings about themselves reflect their caregiver’s attitude towards them. Children have different temperaments and grow at different rates. They feel good about themselves when the adults in their world understand and respect who they are and delight in their accomplishments.
Parents need to stay involved. Finding and choosing the right child care situation is not always easy. And once you do, it will probably take time for you and your child to adjust. Make an unannounced visit from time to time to make sure everything is going well. Continue to talk with your caregiver.
Know your provider’s policies regarding sick child care and have alternative arrangements.