Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Meeting Children and Family’s Needs

An important job of an early care and education provider is to provide a safe environment for children and to attend to each child’s basic developmental, emotional and physical needs. Some infants and toddlers respond well to hugs or gentle touches, which are important ways to help children feel more secure and understood. When caregivers offer opportunities for one-on-one personal time with infants and toddlers, they can help children label the emotions they are experiencing and provide an outlet for their feelings.

Sometimes providers have children in their care with special needs (including both children with or without a diagnosis). These providers often work with specialists to meet the needs of these children. Also, many providers may need to make reasonable adjustments in the classroom or child care home to accommodate physical or developmental/emotional needs of the children in their care.