Ever wonder how we can better serve those in childcare?
I have been in early childhood education for over 20 years but have always felt like a piece of the puzzle was missing. a couple of years ago, i was able to attend a lifeways workshop and i knew i had found what i was looking for. in the book, "home away from home," readers are given a thorough overview into a style of childcare that nurtures everyone involved - the children, parents and caregiver. the lifeways approach can be used in either a home daycare or center. activities such as stoytelling, picking vegetables from the garden for lunch, and feeling a warm wash cloth on your hands and face after eating are part of the everyday routine. children are also given substantial time for creative play both indoors and out. by being in the company of the same caregivers as the child grows, a deep understanding takes place and the child feels loved and appreciated. parents aren't forgotten either. they are encouraged to linger, help their child with their routines and attend special gatherings and celebrations. by the time you are finished with this book, you will have a good understanding of what the lifeways approach looks like. this book also delves into many of the questions you might have about how to make this approach work for you.