© PENN FOSTER, INC. 2016
Infant and Toddler Care
© PENN FOSTER, INC. 2016 PAGE 1INFANT AND TODDLER CARE Graded Project
INFANT AND TODDLER CARE
CASE STUDY INTRODUCTION
For this project, review the concepts in your textbook Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers: A Curriculum of Respectful, Responsive Care and Education, by Janet Gonzalez-Mena and Dianne Widmeyer Eyer. In particular, pay attention to the concepts presented in Chapters 5–11.
Although there are several important principles discussed in your text, one in particular is the principle of trust. For this project, you’ll read a case study and respond to each of the questions in paragraph format. Each response must demonstrate thoughtful knowledge of the core concepts discussed in the text.
As with all ECE exams, begin with your Title Page formatted in APA style. Refer to the Sample APA Title Page on the Early Childhood Learning Resource Center https://pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/earlychildhoodcenter/college. Format your paper using a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial, 12-point type. Set the margins at a standard 1 inch on all sides. Set your line spacing for double-spacing. Because you’ve already provided your information (your first and last name, your student ID number, the examination name and number, the course name and number, and the date of submis- sion) on your Title Page, no running header is necessary. The standard style format for citations, if required, is American Psychological Association (APA).
For assistance with proper APA in-text citations and references, please review the APA in ECE - Oh My! recorded webinar and Keep Calm and APA! reference page on the Early Childhood Learning Resource Center https://pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/earlychildhoodcenter/college.
“Look at this doll, NyKema,” says the child’s mother as she tries to get 12-month-old NyKema involved in the dress-up area. The two have just arrived, and this is the mother’s first day leaving her daughter in child care. The caregiver approaches, says hello, and then squats down to be at NyKema’s level. NyKema looks at her. NyKema has visited the center several times and recognizes the caregiver, but she has never stayed without her mother. She smiles happily and holds out the doll to show the caregiver. When the caregiver stands up to talk to the mother, she discovers the mother is gone. She had said earlier that she can’t stand to see her daughter cry, so she apparently decided to sneak out while NyKema was distracted. NyKema continues holding the doll, but then she looks around and can’t find her mother. She looks puzzled, and then begins to cry. She cries harder, seems inconsolable, and the caregiver has a difficult time comforting her.
© PENN FOSTER, INC. 2016 PAGE 2INFANT AND TODDLER CARE Graded Project
The caregiver decides to speak to NyKema’s mother at the end of the day and tell her about the importance of saying good-bye so that her daughter can predict when she is going to leave. In her experience, children who don’t have a reliable good-bye ritual can’t relax because they never know when people come and go in their lives. She knows that trust is an important issue for NyKema, and she knows it will take time to develop. The first step is to assist NyKema’s mother in developing a predictable good-bye ritual every morning.
Write responses to the following questions. Each response should be at least 3–5 sen- tences in length.
1. How do you feel NyKema’s mother and her behavior in leaving abruptly? Why?
2. How do you feel about NyKema and her response to her mother’s departure? Why?
3. How do you feel about the situation?
4. Do you agree that the caregiver should talk to the mother? Why or why not?
5. If you were the caregiver, how would you approach NyKema’s mother?
6. Could the mother’s behavior come from a cultural influence or difference?
7. What else might you do to help NyKema establish trust?
8. How would you handle the situation if the mother refuses to change her behavior?
9. If NyKema doesn’t develop a sense of trust, what problems may occur in the future?
10. Chapter 11 discussed caregivers’ responses to children’s separation anxiety issues. It’s important for caregivers to cope with emotions and to understand how to manage separation anxiety, so they can be most effective in helping the children. How did you learn to deal with your own separation anxiety issues?
© PENN FOSTER, INC. 2016 PAGE 3INFANT AND TODDLER CARE Graded Project
Your project must include clear, appropriate responses to all project questions. Your proj- ect must be written in Standard Written English with correct grammar and spelling. Your project should be formatted in APA style, double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, and include 1-inch margins.
Exemplary Proficient Fair Poor Not Evident
All questions are answered. 40 28–39 16–27 10–15 0
Responses demonstrate an understanding of the course objectives.
50 38–49 26–37 10–25 0
Written Communication: The paper is free of spelling errors and uses appropriate grammar and sentence structure.
5 3–4 1–2 0 0
Format: Required information, name, student ID, and exam number are included. Paper is double-spaced in a 12-point, Times New Roman or Arial font with 1-inch margins.
5 3–4 1–2 0 0
© PENN FOSTER, INC. 2016 PAGE 4INFANT AND TODDLER CARE Graded Project
PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR GRADING
Before submitting your Case Study Graded Project:
O You’re encouraged to access and review the course resources available on the Early Childhood College Programs and Courses Learning Resource Center for additional guidance on completing this assignment https://pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/ earlychildhoodcenter/college. To learn how to cite sources in APA format, please review the APA in ECE - Oh My! recorded webinar and Keep Calm and APA! reference page on the Early Childhood Learning Resource Center https://pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/earlychildhoodcenter/ college.
O Proofread your work for any spelling, punctuation, grammatical, or formatting errors.
O Review the Grading Rubric from the previous page to ensure all portions of the assignment are satisfied.
O Save your assignment as ONE continuous file in Microsoft Word or another rich- text format.
© PENN FOSTER, INC. 2016 PAGE 5INFANT AND TODDLER CARE Graded Project
SUBMITTING YOUR PROJECT
Note: Each project is individually graded and therefore could take up to five to seven business days to grade. Follow this procedure to submit your assignment online:
1. Be sure that your document contains a Title Page indicating the following:
O Project Name
O Student Name
O Student ID Number
O Course Name and Number
O Project Number
O Name of School
O Date of Submission
2. Go to http://www.pennfoster.edu and log in to your student portal.
3. On your student portal, click on Take an Exam.
4. In the box provided, enter the examination number.
The number for this exam is 605421.
5. Click on Submit.
6. On the next screen, enter your email address. (Note: This information is required for online submission.)
7. If you wish to tell your instructor anything specific regarding this assignment, enter it in the Comments.
8. Attach your file as follows:
O Click on the first Browse box.
O Locate the file you wish to attach.
9. Click on Submit. Be sure to keep a backup copy of any files you submit to the school!