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Family Child Care Curriculum is designed to be as reader friendly as possible. The
material is organized to use as a reference so that you can find what you need when
you need it. Units 1 through 4 provide an overview of typical child development by
Unit 1: physical and motor development•
Unit 2: cognitive development•
Unit 3: communication and language development•
Unit 4: social and emotional development•
Each domain is divided into age groups to facilitate planning for the learning
that occurs for children in your care. A chart of developmental milestones shows the
typical age range when each milestone is met. The curriculum’s activities are built
from these milestones. For example, there are activities designed to promote eye-hand
coordination, a physical development milestone.
Unit 5 is an overview of how to set up your program and evaluate your practices.
It provides tips on creating learning environments and safety concerns to be aware of.
Creating a nurturing and safe environment is an important part of preparing for the
children. Setting up materials ahead of time allows you to be organized and free to
participate when you and the children start an activity.
Unit 5 also describes the importance of partnering with the families of the
children in your care. Parents and guardians are each child’s first teachers, and as
such, they deserve your respect. Communicating your philosophy and approach and
building a relationship with each child’s family is key to a successful experience for the
children in your care. Families who are confident of your abilities will send children
who are more willing and eager to participate and learn. This unit offers suggestions to
help make the transition between the child’s home and yours as smooth and seamless
Part 2, the activities, is the heart of this book. It opens with a description of how
to identify learning objectives and choose activities that will support and challenge
each child. The activities that follow are divided by learning domain and then by
content. There are five content areas within the domain:
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