Infants in Child Care

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Infancy is one of the most important stages in a child’s life. Child care providers need to understand how infants develop in order to provide sensitive, responsive child care programs that meet the needs of individual infants. The following articles give child care providers some basic information about infant development.

Suggestions for Child Care Providers to Meet Infants' Needs

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Providing child care for infants is different than caring for older children.  Babies have special ways of communicating, specific nutritional needs, and unique scheduling routines.  It is important for child care providers to know and understand infants’ specific needs and ways of communicating so they can better provide for the infants at their child care facility. 

Infants need caring adults they can depend on. Child care providers can build trust by by spending time one-on-one with babies and responding …