The major theme of this textbook - the idea of respectful, responsive, and reciprocal adult-infant-toddler interactions has been consistent with each edition. The underlying framework for the textbook is founded in the “Ten Principles” which is initially discussed in Chapter 1. Respectful behaviors on the part of the caregivers are the basis of the Ten Principles. The textbook refers to these in every chapter, and a “Principles in Action” feature in each chapter uses a scenario to further explain individual principles.
Respect is a key component of the curriculum that Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers advocates. Curriculum has to do with respecting and responding to each child’s needs in sensitive ways that promote attachment. Curriculum for infants and toddlers embraces everything that happens during the day. This textbook consistently outlines well-established practices related to sensitive care and program planning that are designed to promote well-being and identity formation in infants and toddlers.
The focus of Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers is on action - putting theory into practice. Knowing “about” is different from knowing “how to.” The authors appreciate that even people with considerable understanding of early development may have trouble acting on that understanding unless they have also learned to apply theory. The caregiver role incorporates that of teach and education. Appreciating diversity, cultural and linguistic difference, and inclusion have grown in significance with each edition, and are reflected in positive, non-biased terminology throughout the textbook.
PART 1: FOCUS ON THE CAREGIVER
Chapter 1: Principles, Practice, and Curriculum
Chapter 2: Infant-Toddler Education
Chapter 3: Caregiving as Curriculum
Chapter 4: Play and Exploration as Curriculum
PART 2: FOCUS ON THE CHILD
Chapter 5: Attachment
Chapter 6: Perception
Chapter 7: Motor Skills
Chapter 8: Cognition
Chapter 9: Language
Chapter 10: Emotions
Chapter 11: Social Skills
PART 3: FOCUS ON THE PROGRAM
Chapter 12: The Physical Environment
Chapter 13: The Social Environment
Chapter 14: Adult Relations in Infant-Toddler Care and Education Programs
Appendix A: Quality in Infant-Toddler Programs: A Checklist
Appendix B: Environmental Chart