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Responsive caregiving: Reducing the stress in infant toddler care

K Margetts

International Journal of Early Childhood | Published : 2005


The first three years of life are critical for children's development and well-being. The care of these very young children is highly specialised and challenging work. Challenges in meeting the unique and varied needs of infants and toddlers in group care are compounded by the generally poor conditions of employment experienced by staff. When staff are emotionally stressed the stress can be transferred to their work and to the children, and can result in rigid routines and practices. In meeting the needs of infants and toddlers and easing the stresses for staff, this paper recognises the importance of responsive caregiving and will promote a primary-caregiver approach. This approach individu..

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