Infant/Toddler Video Clips

Infant/Toddler Video Clips

Filmed in family child care homes and infant/toddler care centers, these video clips give viewers a glimpse into high-quality care in well-planned environments. Reflective questions and comments invite viewers to consider important learning and development that occur through interactions and play, and the role of the care-teacher, who intentionally promotes relationship-based care.

Prior to filming, the child care programs in this video series were identified as fully compliant with required regulations. Every setting has the appropriate adult to child ratio and supervision of every child, even if other adults cannot be seen in the video frame.

Teachers Document Observation
In the following video clip, two teachers sit together, discuss and document their observations of infants and toddlers in their care.
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Below are some sample questions related to the video clip and the value of documenting observations of individual children. It may be helpful to watch the video more than one time.

 

What did you observe about the two teachers in the video?

How did the two teachers work together to document their observations?

What were some ways in which the teachers encouraged each other to say more about their observations?

What are some of the examples of the observations the teachers made of individual children during the day?

After watching this video, what comes to mind for you about the importance of documenting observations of individual children?

In what ways might observations about individual children be useful to you as a teacher?

Is there a specific experience you’ve had that relates in some way to this scenario? If so, what was the experience and how does it relate?

Douglas Quiett - Values and Beliefs
Douglas Quiett, LMSW, shares reflections on the power and the importance of being self-aware and how this affects teachers providing services for young children.
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What are your values?

What are your beliefs around child rearing?

Where do your values and beliefs around child rearing come from?

Looking at Elijah
Elijah, explores the environment. Note how careful he is with placement of objects, his pace, and his attention span during this uninterrupted play sequence.
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In what ways does Elijah explore his environment?

What kinds of body movements does he use?  How does he use his hands?

What kind of facial expressions do you observe as he plays?

Does this clip relate to experiences you’ve had with children in your care or in your program?

Does Elijah’s interest in exploring containers give you ideas for how to make changes in the environment (such as adding empty containers, providing space for larger container play)?

Food Therapist
In this example of early intervention in the natural environment, Trevor, who is almost three, is having lunch with his peers and his food therapist.
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In what ways does the food therapist encourage Trevor to experience the foods?

How did Trevor and the other children respond and potentially benefit from this experience?

Can you think of other examples of intervention in the natural environment?

Does this clip relate to any experiences you’ve had with children in your care or in your program

Dirt and Grass
A teacher gently engages with toddlers as they explore outside.
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What are some ways the teacher is responsive to the toddlers?

Did you notice how she waits to see how they will explore and follows their lead, asks questions, and repeats some of their words?

In what ways does the teacher encourage the toddlers as they discover dirt and grass?

What do you think each child might be experiencing?

Baby Talk
This care teacher and baby have some extended one-on-one time to explore books before the other children arrive.
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How does the teacher show her interest in the infant?

What do you notice about the infant’s and teacher’s pace as they sit together?

What kind of comments does the teacher make as the infant explores?

Teacher Welcomes Children (bilingual)
A caregiver warmly greets two toddlers as they arrive at child care in the morning.
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Notice how the teacher gently brings the girls into the environment and talks with them in their home language, Spanish, as they adjust to being in care. 

How does the environment help support interactions and togetherness?

How does having the photos of the children at their eye level make a difference?

How does the teacher use the photos in conversation?

How does the furniture support their interactions?

Walk to Park
A family child care provider/teacher and her assistant take children on a walk to a local park. This is a creative use of local resources and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors
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How has the provider created a physical space for nursing mothers?

What do you notice about the interaction between the provider and the mother?

How does the infant respond to their interaction?

How might you feel if you were the mother in this scene?

How might you feel if you were the infant?

How does the teacher initiate conversations?

In what ways is this teacher supporting learning and development during this experience?

How do you think the children feel during this walk?

Young Infant
This family child care home is arranged to support breastfeeding mothers.
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How has the provider created a physical space for nursing mothers?

What do you notice about the interaction between the provider and the mother?

How does the infant respond to their interaction?

How might you feel if you were the mother in this scene?

Alou’s Morning (Inclusion)
This child is included in child care with his typically developing peers.
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What did you observe in the interactions between the teacher and Alou?

What did you observe during his therapy session?

What are some ways the teacher responds to his needs?

After watching this video, what comes to mind for you about including children with special needs?

Is there a specific experience you’ve had that relates in some way to the interactions between this teacher and Alou?  If so, what was the experience and how does it relate?

Relationship Building
This teacher intentionally builds strong emotional connections with each child as she asks questions, shows affection, and talks about their families.
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What do you see happening in this video?

How would you describe the relationship between the two toddlers and the infant care teacher? 

How does the teacher support the emotional needs of the children?

How do the toddlers respond when she asks about their families?

How would you feel in this interaction as the provider/infant care teacher? Why?