Unlike other child care settings, family child care homes and some center-based care settings integrate children of different ages. This provides children a greater opportunity for a variety of friendships and relationships than they could not have in a group of same-age children. Mixed-age settings allow children to observe, emulate and imitate skills and behaviors that can be monitored in a safe and developmentally appropriate manner.
Participants will engage in:
- The role of the adult as a careful planner
- Theoretical frameworks that support the importance of play
- Setting up a safe place for all ages to learn and grow
- Strategies to benefit mixed-age children in one group setting