Appendix 3: Through their lens

A 2011 report 1 by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner identified eight interrelated structural and process dimensions that underpin high quality education and care provisions for infants and toddlers:

  • high adult-to-child ratios
  • small group sizes
  • staff qualifications and skills
  • positive and responsive care relationships
  • superior environments
  • parent involvement
  • attention to health and safety requirements
  • effective pedagogy through a socially, culturally and developmentally appropriate curriculum.

The OCC report found teachers needed to give greater attention to the specific interests and needs of infants and toddlers, in particular:

  • more emphasis on responsive caregiving
  • more attention to specific knowledge, skills and professional learning about infants and toddlers. 2