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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL What Caregivers Can Do upport families while they make the move into the early care setting. S rovide responsive primary care to infants and toddlers. P espect the needs of all children, including those with special needs. R nsure that your program meets health and safety standards. E D esign programs that are developmentally appropriate. aintain small group size and low adult-to-child ratios. M lan child-directed activities. P cquire knowledge about early child development. A Big Ideas for Caregivers oung children are assigned a primary caregiver. Y ontinuity of care offers children the chance to form strong attachments. C eet children’s needs individually. M 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