Master Class on Infants and Toddlers
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Master Class on Infants and Toddlers

Date(s)            : 18 to 19 May 2017

Duration         : 2 Day workshop

Venue             : To Be Confirmed

Time                : 9.00am to 5.00pm

Closing date   : 5 May 2017, Friday


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Workshop Fee:

S$600.00 per participant. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials, 2 tea breaks and a lunch. Invoice will be issued to school/organisation upon completion of the workshop.

Other Information:

Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

For more information, please contact Joseph Loy at tel: 6363 0330 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Master Class Description


Focus and Purpose


The goal for this short course is to deepen the knowledge of participants on high quality infant and toddler care. The course will provide a brief overview of infant and toddler development and then make important connections to high quality care and education for children ages birth to three.




Theoretical perspectives and empirical research will be used as a foundation to support current views on how very young children learn, grow, and develop during infancy and toddlerhood. An emphasis will be placed on classroom settings for infants and toddlers and the role of teachers in guiding and enhancing the learning and development of this important age group. Zero to Three Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler EducatorsTM (Dean, LeMoine, & Mayoral, 2016) will be used as a guiding framework for the course content on how infant and toddlers learn, and the design and delivery of quality classrooms.




The course will also provide a brief overview of curriculum ideas for educating professionals working with infants and toddlers, and will summarize some internationally used assessment instruments for this age group. The course will provide a platform for dialogue on important issues for quality infant and toddler care. 




Teaching Strategies


The course information will be delivered through a series of lectures, small group discussions, and participant activities. Photographs and video segments will be used to help illustrate concepts and encourage participants to engage in meaningful discussions about key ideas. Handouts of main lecture points and other course materials will be made available for distribution to participants.




Overview of Course

Overview of Cross-Sector Core Competencies


Overview of Theoretical Considerations for High Quality Infant and Toddler Classrooms


Child Development Principles, Standards, Teacher-child Interactions, Family Connections, Children with Special Considerations within the Three Critical Competency Areas:




  • Area 1: Supporting Social-Emotional Development


  1. oBuilding warm, positive and nurturing relationships
  2. oProviding consistent and responsive caregiving
  3. oSupporting emotional expression and regulation
  4. oPromoting socialization
  5. oGuiding behavior
  6. oPromoting children’s sense of identity and belonging




  • Area 2: Supporting Cognitive Development


  1. oFacilitating exploration and concept development
  2. oBuilding meaningful curriculum
  3. oPromoting imitation, symbolic representation, and play
  4. oSupporting reasoning and problem solving




  • Area 3: Supporting Language and Literacy Development


  1. oPromoting communication exchange
  2. oExpanding expressive and receptive language and vocabulary
  3. oPromoting early literacy


(Zero to Three Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler EducatorsTM)




Setting up Quality Infant and Toddler Environments


  • Physical setting: Safe space to explore and meet routine needs
  • Materials
  • Time use




Quality Assurance Instruments Overview and Professional Development Considerations


  • Comparisons of infant and toddler quality measures
  • Higher education curriculum considerations for professional development of infant and toddler teachers




Dean, A., LeMoine, S., & Mayoral, M. (2016). Zero to Three: Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler EducatorsTM. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.





About the Presenters

Dr. Linda Hestenes is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies in 1994 from Purdue University in the United States. At that time she began her career conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the field of early childhood education and development. For the past 20 years Dr. Hestenes’ scholarship has focused on the development of quality environments, both indoors and outdoors, for young children. She uses a bioecological framework to consider aspects of the context and individual characteristics of young children and their families that influence development and learning.


Dr. Sharon Mims is currently an Academic Professional Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). She has been at UNCG since 1996 and holds the administrative positions of Director of the Child Care Education Program (CCEP), and Co-Director of the NC Rated License Assessment Project (NCRLAP). As Director of the CCEP, she provides leadership, management and direction for the operation of a lab school experience for over 300 adult students annually, provision of high quality child care experiences for 82 young children and their families, as well as distribution of information regarding best practices in the early childhood field for community visitors and University students.



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