The curriculum at the LSU Child Care Center involves everything that happens to the child throughout the day. Responsive caregiving is the key component to setting up a safe and secure environment and trusting relationships. Everything a child experiences is a learning opportunity. For example, diaper changes are perfect opportunities for learning experiences: language; singing gently to a child; showing gentle touches; letting the child know that this is not a hurried or rushed experience and that they are valued and precious individuals; gently moving their legs in a bicycle motion; stimulating movement; or having them reach and grasp for an object. Throughout the day, teachers will take advantage of these caregiving experiences that are so important in the early years of life and turn them into meaningful and positive experiences for a child’s healthy development.
The LSU Child Care Center uses NAEYC (naeyc.org), zerotothree (zerotothree.org), Louisiana Standards and Goals and Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum (www.doe.state.la.us/curriculum) as benchmarks for curriculum.