In Your Home
Look for someone who is warm, loving, and responsive, and who can pay close attention to him and respond to his individual needs, praising his achievements and supporting his development. This kind of relationship teaches a child that other adults (aside from his parents) can be trustworthy and enjoyable. It also provides the level and variety of stimulation that is essential for healthy brain growth and development on all fronts during this critical early childhood period.
A good caregiver can be a wonderful resource for you — an excellent source of information and helpful observations of your child's progress. It pays to get to know your child's caregiver, to brief her in the mornings about anything eventful, to get an update from her at the end of each day, and to arrange periodic meetings to discuss your child.
At a Child Care Center
• Exceptionally warm, patient, and attentive staff that stay for years
• Caregivers who have training in early childhood education and practice age-appropriate activities
• Discipline that is grounded in talking through and re-direction, not punishment and shame
• More questions to ask
|From Me, Myself and I: How Children Build Their Sense of Self — 18 to 36 Months by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. Available wherever books are sold. Copyright © 1999 by Goddard Press, Inc.|