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Lesson One The Important Role of the Caregiver Lesson at a Glance In preparation for this lesson, read the instructor background information located at the end of this lesson. In this lesson, participants learn about the important characteristics required of caregivers, the infant’s innate need for nurturing, and his or her fragile nature and dependence on the caregiver. Participants also lean to expect from children in the various ages and st; development, and how to care for children at thes After completing this lesson, participants will be able to: tify and describe the characteristics of good Recognize what behaviors to expect from children based on developmental ages and stages Apply appropriate discipline techniques to help children model desired behavior

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Basic Infant Care The Important Role of the Caregiver FOCUS: Caregiver Self-Assessment 10 minutes Purpose: Participants complete a caregiver self-assessment to think about their characteristics and learning needs for the course. During this time they listen to RealCare® Baby cry and then discuss their reactions to hearing the crying while trying to concentrate on something else. • Caregiver Self-Assessment • RealCare® Baby with accessories • Course Schedule handout Facilitation Steps: 1. Give each participant a photocopy of the Caregiver SelfAssessment. 2. As participants begin completing...

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Caregiver Self-Assessment The Important Role of the Caregiver Name: ____________________________ Date: Directions: Answer the following questions by placing an “x” in the appropriate box, writing your response in the space provided, or circling the best answer. 1. The youngest child I have cared for was: Infant (newborn to 12 months) Toddler (1 to 3 years) Preschooler (3 to 5 years) School-ager (5 years and older) I have never cared for a child. 2. The longest length of time I have cared for a child was: 1 to 4 hours 5 to 8 hours Overnight Days at a time I have never cared for a child. 3. I...

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The Important Role of the Caregiver LEARN: Characteristics of a Caregiver 25 minutes Purpose: This activity helps participants learn about the characteristics of a caregiver and why they are important in caring for children. Participants read caregiver scenarios. In small groups, they discuss the scenarios, incorporating thought about the skills and characteristics demonstrated, and how they would have handled the situation. The groups share their thoughts in a large class discussion. • Caregiver Characteristics I worksheet • Caregiver Characteristics II handout • The Important Role of the...

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The Important Role of the Caregiver Name: ____________________________ Date: Directions: With your group, brainstorm ideas about what you consider to be important characteristics and skills of a caregiver. As you brainstorm, remember that all ideas should be recorded.

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Caregiver Characteristics II Characteristics important in caring for an infant or toddler: The Important Role of the Caregiver should also be able to determine whether there is a medical emergency, and how to respond quickly and appropriately. Communication Skills • Decision-making skills • Patience • Safety and health consciousness • Communication skills • Ability to handle stress • Understanding of child developmental stages Empathy and Nurturing Empathy is the ability to put oneself in the position of another and try to understand how that person is feeling; to have sympathy and...

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Basic Infant Care The Important Role of the Caregiver • You can ignore it. • You can say something to correct the child and change the behavior, telling the child what you would like him or her to do instead. • You can physically take control of the situation. This is reserved for situations in which the child is doing something that is a threat to themselves or to others. For example, if a child is hitting or biting another child, you should gently grasp the child’s arm and tell him or her that he or she is not allowed to do that. If the child appears to be angry, ask why he or she is...

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The Important Role of the Caregiver The Important Role of the Caregiver aregivers attend to the needs of children at preschools, nursery schools, businesses, day care centers, and in private homes. In these settings, it generally involves the nurturing and teaching of children ages five and younger, but may also include school-aged children who come before and after the school day and/or during the summer. In addition to ensuring the safety and well-being of a child, a good caregiver attends to the emotional, intellectual, and creative needs of children. Caregivers should be enthusiastic...

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David is two years old and is starting his first day at Aria’s day care center. As David approaches with his father, Aria greets them and stoops down to look David in the eyes. She smiles and tells him her name. As David’s father leaves, Aria shows David around the room and explains the rules of behavior. She introduces David to the other two-year-old children and asks him to choose a toy he would like to play with until snack time. David chooses a toy that another toddler is playing with and he grabs it from him. Aria scolds David in a loud voice and tells him to apologize to the other...

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Basic Infant Care The Important Role of the Caregiver Scenario 5 Juan is six months old and goes to a day care program each day. Juan is a good-natured infant and very easy to care for. When Juan’s mother comes to pick him up from day care, she asks how Juan did. The provider explains that Juan slept most of the day in a swinging crib. She seems very pleased at how easy Juan is to care for. As Juan’s mother gets home, she notices that Juan’s head is beginning to get flat in the back. She realizes that Juan is spending most of the day sleeping, and this may explain the sleepless nights he...

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Analyzing Caregiver Scenarios The Important Role of the Caregiver Name: ____________________________ Date: Directions: Read your scenarios with your group and discuss and respond to each of the questions below. Be prepared to share your scenarios and responses with the large group. Decision-Making Skills Caregiver Stress _____ Acknowledge his or her frustration level? _____ Determine choices for a solution? _____ Take steps to handle his or her stress? _____ Decide on the best solution? Communication Skills with the Child Did the caregiver: _____ Keep rules and instructions simple and...

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