The Importance Of Quality Care For Children 's Healthy Development And Learning

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1. As you have been learning, quality care is crucial to promoting healthy development. Using at least three examples from the “Introduction” media segment, explain how relationships and interactions provide the cornerstone of quality care and why quality care during these early years must be a priority.

2. According to Gonzalez-Mena and Widmeyer Eyer, a “ respectful and responsive curriculum is based on relationships that occur within planned and unplanned activities, experiences, and happenings” (2014, p. 26). This relationship-based curriculum, referred to as the “caregiving curriculum,” includes three fundamental policies: (1) a primary caregiving system; (2) consistency; and (3) continuity of care. Using examples, describe how these policies work together to support young children’s healthy development and learning.

3. Quality relationships are formed through ongoing interactions. Caregiving routines, such as feeding and diapering, provide valuable opportunities for building such relationships. Review “Relationships, Interactions, and the Three Rs” on pages 4–5 of the course text. Then select one of the caregiving routines described in Chapter 3 and explain how respectful, responsive, and reciprocal interactions during this type of caregiving routine can help build supportive relationships between infants/toddlers and caregivers.

Relationships are key in infant-toddler care and education and they grow over time with interactions or as we have learned the "Three-R
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