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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET What Caregivers Can Do Support families while they make the move into the early care setting. Provide responsive primary care to infants and toddlers. Respect the needs of all children, including those with special needs. Ensure that your program meets health and safety standards. Design programs that are developmentally appropriate. Maintain small group size and low adult-to-child ratios. Plan child-directed activities. Acquire knowledge about early child development. Big Ideas for Caregivers Young children are assigned a primary caregiver. Continuity of care offers children the chance to form strong attachments. Meet children’s needs individually. Reflection and Application 1. How can you increase your knowledge of infants, toddlers, and twos? 2. What are the benefits of continuity of care for infants and toddlers? 3. Name five things you can do to provide a nurturing and caring environment for all children. 4. What are three best practices you can apply to your work with young children? 16 Chapter 1 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL