Manitoba’s Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework For Infant Programs

Manitoba is committed to supporting quality in early learning and child care (ELCC) programs. A key component is this curriculum framework for infant programs, as it supports staff to develop, describe and enhance their curriculum so all infants learn and develop to their fullest potential. It is essential that ELCC programs demonstrate quality and foster the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of all children. Developmentally appropriate ELCC practice is child-centered, reflects family and community contexts, and encourages meaningful partnerships between each child, his or her family and ELCC staff. This curriculum framework helps staff recognize that infant curriculum is based on interactions and relationships during caregiving routines, and during exploration and play. It is a companion document to Early Returns: Manitoba’s ELCC Curriculum Framework for Preschool Centers and Nursery Schools. Together, these two documents recognize the importance of observation and knowledge of children’s developmental capabilities. They will assist you in determining which framework – preschool or infant – is more suitable for the children in your care.
Throughout this document, an infant refers to a child from 12 weeks to two years old. The words “child” and “infant” are used interchangeably. Early Returns is based on current research and best practices. This framework is designed to help you develop your curriculum and write a statement that describes it. This information can enhance the quality of your program as you:
• think about what you do in practice
• explain the reasons for this practice
• evaluate and enhance your curriculum
This document is broken into four sections, as follows:
• What is curriculum for infants?
• The foundation of ELCC curriculum.
• Components of an infant curriculum.
• Developing an ELCC Curriculum Statement.