October 6 — 12:30 pm, 2009
Looking for quality
Here are 10 characteristics of quality care. These apply to all child care settings, including at-home care with parents.
“In high-quality, developmentally appropriate programs, caregivers:
- Encourage children to be actively engaged in a variety of activities [covering all domains of development]
- Have frequent, positive interactions with children that include smiling, touching, holding, and speaking at children’s eye level
- Promptly respond to children’s questions or requests
- Encourage children to talk about their experience, feelings, and ideas….
- Listen attentively [giving children a lot of practice using words to increase vocabulary]
- Ask open-ended questions [instead of asking, ‘Is that a dog?’ say, ‘Tell me about your picture’]
- Extend children’s actions and verbalizations with more complex ideas or materials
- Interact with children individually and in small groups instead of exclusively with the group as a whole
- Use positive guidance techniques [not yelling or punishment]
- Encourage appropriate independence [adults do not do everything for children, but find ways for increasing participation from toddlers and preschoolers].”