How active is your child?

High Activity

  • Always on the go, explores with body movements

Find programs that offer one-on-one attention, ways to explore safely and lots of physical play.

  • Low Activity
  • Sits quietly, explores through senses

Find caregivers who engage your child in sensory-rich activities (sight, t0 smell, taste and sound).

How social is your child?

Very Social

  • Enjoys meeting new people
  • Is happiest when interacting with others

Find programs with opportunities for your child to play in groups.

Less Social

  • Generally shy and reserved around strangers
  • Needs extra time to feel comfortable with new people

Find programs that allow your child to become comfortable at his/her own pace.

How does your child deal with change?

High Tolerance

  • Is not disturbed by changes and is highly adaptable
  • Copes very well with frustration

Find programs with mixed-age groups that offer frequent challenges and high stimulation.

Low Tolerance

  • Is very sensitive to change
  • Gets upset when daily routine is disrupted
  • Is easily frustrated and bothered by change

Find programs with same-age groups and consistent routines that support your child’s independence.

Consider your child’s unique needs

  • Sleeping habits/routine
  • Cultural identity
  • Special needs/disabilities

Adapted from Matching Your /infant’s or Toddler’s Style to the Right Child Care Setting, 2009 Child Care Aware

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