caregiving as play

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CAREGIVING AND PLAY AS CURRICULUM Children learn with every breath they take. Each day brings with it a whole set of lessons, teaching young minds new concepts of this world. In this essay, I will discuss the definition of ‘curriculum’ in relation to infants and toddlers. I will also examine the concepts of care-giving and play as curriculum. In addition to that, I will briefly discuss the aspects of curriculum for infant and toddler development as stated in the Te Whaariki. The term “curriculum” is defined as a designed collage of direct and indirect experiences, activities and events, taking place in a child’s surroundings, and influencing his or her development and learning (Te Whaariki, 1996). Gonzalez-Mena and Eyer also describe curriculum as a “plan for learning”. Curriculum for infants and toddlers involves almost everything children go through. What they grasp from those experiences accumulates as basic learning which guide them in their future. However, different people have different understandings of what a child should experience in order to be brought up the “right” way. For these differences in views, a number of theorists and philosophers have studied and put together sets of activities, experiences and events that would best contribute to infant and toddler development. This set of guidelines is taught to caregivers and educarers as basic curriculum for the young children (Gonzalez-Mena & Eyer, 2007). In the delicate phase of infancy and toddlerhood, it is the everyday care-giving routine that makes up curriculum for the children. Activities such as feeding, diapering, toilet training, washing, bathing, grooming and napping add to the curriculum. Though these mean almost nothing more than just chores to many people, educated care-givers know the importance of these simple routines and how they should be carried out in order to best
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