Because babies need stable and responsive care









ContinuityofCare is a program policy that supports the secure, close relationships in child care that infants and toddlers need in order to thrive




Why is continuity of care so important?

Babies learn and grow in the context of relationships. Their first attachments with parents begin the process of learning about the world and creating a secure base.  When babies enter child care, the circle of care is expanded to include partnership with a caregiver. In order to provide personalized and sensitive care, the caregiver must get to know the child and family well. These early relationships give the child a foundation for success.  Secure attachments enable children to have trust in their surroundings, explore their world with confidence and develop a positive sense of self.  The goal is to limit the number of primary caregivers


What is a primary caregiver?

In order to support strong relationships, the child care program must maintain small groups and assign primary caregivers to every child. This primary caregiver works in a team with other caregivers to provide for all of the children, however s/he tunes in to his/her primary children creating a special bond with these children and their families. S/he is responsible for most of the child’s daily care needs, for monitoring and supporting the child’s development and for communicating with the family


How does continuity work?

Once the caregiver and child learn each other’s style, cues and rhythms, they have a secure base from which to develop. Maintaining these caregiving relationships over several years provides stability and consistency for the child and the family. When programs eliminate multiple transitions, children do not have to adapt to a new caregiver over and over.




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