Teaching through Quality Care
As we learn more about how young children learn and grow, it becomes increas-
ingly apparent that a quality family child care program can and should have a lasting
effect on participating children and their families. Quality family child care provides
children with education and loving, continual care. It is the best of both worlds. In
that spirit, the objective of this curriculum is to demonstrate how multiage groups of
children in family child care can be taught through quality of care.
Very often the word teach brings to mind a formal learning setting. But children
begin to learn from the moment of birth. Children learn from what they see, hear,
and do. As a result, you are teaching during every interaction that occurs in the course
of the day. In providing quality care to young children, it is impossible not to teach.
Children learn by watching, listening, and attempting to replicate your behavior.
Child care, with an emphasis on the word care, has to include all the components that
allow for healthy development. A provider who has developed effective and creative
learning activities, but neglects to change diapers when needed, is not providing
quality child care. Successful family child care programs have the best organization of
space and time. Maximizing all the points of contact during a typical family child care
day provides an opportunity to meet all the early child care curriculum objectives. The
word curriculum as it applies to family child care generally means a method of instruc-
tion. Curriculum objectives (what a curriculum should accomplish) in early child care
include understanding several developmental domains.
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