Your child care curriculum allows you to offer experiences that help children learn about themselves and the world around them.
A child care curriculum should include:
- Planned activities
- Materials and equipment
- Interactions between children and providers and among children
Your curriculum should focus on all areas of child development:
- Cognitive/intellectual – numbers and shapes, counting, patterns and measurement, sense of space, knowledge and experience with the world, art, movement and dramatic play
- Language/literacy – communication (listening, understanding and speaking), knowing about letters and word sounds and patterns, knowing about print and books
- Social – cooperation, positive social relationships, respect for others, knowledge about families and communities
- Emotional – self control and knowledge about feelings
- Physical – gross motor skills, fine motor skills, active play and health and safety
- Cultural – awareness and appreciation of their own and others’ cultures
- Approaches to learning – initiative and curiosity, engagement and persistence and reasoning and problem solving
Your curriculum is based on providers’ observations of the needs, strengths and interests of the individual children in care. It builds new experiences and expectations based on children’s previously learned knowledge and skills. Providers need to be intentional in the methods used to support children’s learning.
Your curriculum should support children with disabilities and children whose home language is not English.
- ECLKC Infant Toddler Resources
- National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning Resources
- Position Paper: Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation: Building an Effective, Accountable System in Programs for Children Birth through Age 8
By the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
- Ages and Stages
By the American Academy of Pediatrics
- PEEP and the Big Wide World Science Curriculum and more activity ideas and resources for early childhood educators and caregivers