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.

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