Together in Care: Meeting the Infancy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups [Video]. SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Trainer's Manual Module II: Group Care; A Guide to Setting up Environments

The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers, WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies, California Department of Ed., Child Development Division

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Summary for Video - Together in Care: Meeting the Infancy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups

Young children and infants need deep connections with both their parents and their caregivers in group care settings. This intimate contact is essential to healthy growth and development. This 30-minute videotape presents three child care program policies that will lead to this special kind of care. First, each child should be assigned to one caregiver who is principally responsible for that child's care. A second essential ingredient of quality care is that the child is cared for in a small group. Finally, there should be continuity of care. The video illustrates these recommended guidelines in scenes from child care centers and through the views expressed by child care center directors, based on their experiences with children and caregivers. Recommendations are presented on optimal group sizes and ratios for different settings and age groups.

Summary for Trainer's Manual - Module II - Group Care:

This trainer's manual covers module II of the Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers (PITC), a four-module video training course for providers of family and center day care. The manual is intended to be used by module instructors and includes an overview of the PITC and instructions for using the manual and its accompanying videos. The module contains 16 lessons, most of which are designed to be covered in 45- to 90-minute sessions. The Infant/Toddler Groups," which contains four lessons on creating intimacy in groups, primary care, small groups, and continuity of care; (2) "The Environment," which includes three lessons on planning and setting up the physical environment; (3) "Routines," which includes six lessons on the importance of greetings and departures, dressing and bathing, health and safety, record keeping, and recognizing child abuse; and (4) "Respectful Care," which contains three lessons on goals, observation of children, and self-motivated learning. An outline of the four accompanying videos for this module, and pricing and ordering information for all four PITC modules, are also included.

Summary for A Guide to Setting up Environments:

For use in conjunction with training videotapes illustrating key concepts and caregiving techniques, this guide aims to help caregivers set up environments for infants and toddlers that promote young children's health, safety, and comfort, meet their developmental needs, and provide caregivers a comfortable and convenient place to work. Section 1 identifies and describes eight key concepts that need to be considered when designing any child care environment: safety, health, comfort, convenience, child size, flexibility, movement, and
choice. In addition to defining each concept, the section suggests practical steps that caregivers can take to improve certain features of the environment. Section 2 considers those aspects of the environment that make each setting unique and suggests how to work with that uniqueness in environmental planning. The section provides a framework for looking at particular caregiving environments. Rich in illustrations and devoted to practical concerns, Section 3 explores specific areas in the child care environment, including the entrance and parent communication area, learning and development centers, peer play areas, multilevel areas, rest and sleeping areas, toileting, washing up, feeding, and food preparation areas, storage and shelves, and outdoor space. The guide closes with practical tips, suggested
resources, and a glossary of environmental terms. 

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The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers, WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies, California Department of Ed., Child Development Division. Together in Care: Meeting the Infancy Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Groups [Video]. SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Trainer's Manual Module II: Group Care; A Guide to Setting up Environments (1990). California Department of Education: Sacramento, CA.

Sponsoring Agency: California Department of Education and various private foundations

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material, Videotape

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Availability:

(Trainer's Manual cost 20.00; accompanying Guide to Cognitive Development and Learning cost
$12.50; package of three Spanish videos and accompanying guides= $199.00. PITC videos are
available in Spanish, English and Cantonese; accompanying video magazine in English and
Spanish; Trainer's Manual Handouts and Transparencies in English and Spanish. Guides English
only at the present time. )

California Department of Education
CDE Press, Sales Unit
P.O. Box 271
Sacramento, CA
95812

Phone: (800) 995-4099
Fax: (916) 323-0823

Email: jblack@cde.ca.gov
URL: http://www.pitc.org/

Languages Available: Chinese, English, Spanish

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Intended User Audience:

The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers was developed primarily for professional providers working in family child care homes and centers serving children zero-to-three years old. Beginners and individuals with advanced level of experience will find these materials useful.
These materials were developed for a universal population. These materials may be used in a variety of settings including inservice training and college settings. These materials were initially developed for use in the state of California. However, they are being used throughout the United States and its territories. 

Product Development:

These materials were developed through funding received from the California Department of Education and various private foundations. For more information regarding funding sources, please contact WestEd. The staff of the California Department of Education and WestEd
collaboratively developed these materials with the help of practitioners, administrators, and nationally-recognized experts from the field of early education with a focus on children ages
zero-to-three years. In addition, film experts assisted in the development of the videos. A California-based professional translator did the Spanish translation of the trainer's manual handouts and transparencies. An early childhood professional and translator did the Chinese (Cantonese) translation of the materials. 

Product Evaluation:

The developers of these materials are in the process of evaluating the project and the module training institutes. Based on anecdotal reports from users (e.g., practitioners, trainers, and experts), these materials have been highly rated and are well received. The program has also been awarded a Golden Apple award from the National Educational Film Festival. 

Product Dissemination:

As of 1998, over 150,000 copies of these materials have been distributed and sold in the United States (including its territories), Australia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Mexico, and New Zealand.

 

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