I’ve been noticing this clear divide in the infant/toddler care space, at least as relates to target audience: parents vs professional caregivers. But let’s take a step back for a moment and realize that, in terms of the quality of care received by these young children, we are all the same. Who is the child spending large amounts of time with? The stay at home parent, and the part-time working parent, and the nanny, and the daycare provider, and the grandparent, and so on. These people are all raising the same child. So when we’re talking about quality care, best practices in childcare, mindset shifts in parenting, etc, the truth is that everyone needs to be on the same page and have the same foundational education of what it takes to help an infant thrive.
The village may look very different in our modern western culture, but the importance of this concept remains the same.
Parents and caregivers need to be supportive of each other and treat each other as true co-parents of our children. This applies both to the respect parents owe to quality childcare providers and centers, and to the openness of those who have been trained in ECE to share the knowledge and tools we have regarding the care and education of young children. Because at the end of the day, what matters is how the child is being cared for and educated consistently, regardless of who the provider happens to be in a given moment of a given day.