In all honesty, will you leave your infant with just anyone? That will be beyond asking and rejected outright by any responsible parents. But, leaving your infant in the care of a chosen caregiver is only acceptable if the parents are aware of the competencies and knowledge that the caregiver possesses. There are numerous options available such as My Little Campus’ infant child care center.
A study shown that it is not important who are the carers of a child, as long as the child is given quality care. So, what are the core knowledge and competencies that a caregiver should possess to qualify her to care for an infant? Based on an initiative called National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative in the United States, below is an enlightening read for parents.
Understands infant’s growth, development and well-being
A caregiver should have basic knowledge about the stages of infant growth and development from birth to 2 years old. Take for example, if a caregiver does not have adequate knowledge in this aspect, she might not be aware of the period when a child may face discomforts like teething, etc. By having adequate knowledge, she will be able to alert parents early on if something is amiss or wrong, like developmental delays.
Aware of infant’s health, safety and nutrition
Aware how high fever can be dangerous to an infant; caution taken when collected water is available in the bathroom while looking after a toddler; prepare nutritious meal to support growth of children; all these are among basic knowledge every caregiver should have. Without this kind of awareness, an infant is at higher risk to suffer from unfortunate accidents.
Creates learning environments and curriculum
The place where an infant is entrusted to, should show enough evidence of being an environment that supports learning. If a care center allows too much screen time without fix schedule, parents should be wary. If parents are paying for a curriculum, make sure the caregivers can explain in detail their activities. If parents plan to send an infant to a babysitter or nanny, ask how the infant will spend his or her days in the caregiver’s care.
Knows how to connect with infants, toddler and their families
Communication skill is a must-have when someone acts as a caregiver. This is because a caregiver must build trust between the infant and herself and must also be able to engage the family in matters related to their children.
Ready to make assessments and observations
This is what independent caregivers are incapable of providing professionally, unless they are well-trained and certified. Assessment and observation include screening and evaluation, with right tools and proven activities.
While looking for quality care for our infant, we must weigh the standard of each infant child care center against a list like above. As working parents, we want value out of what we have paid, but much more we want our children to receive loving care of competent caregivers, who think as parents themselves.