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Keys to Caregiving

What is Keys to Caregiving?

  • Research based program that provides important information on newborn and infant behavior
  • Includes information on infant cues, infant states, state modulation and the importance of the feeding interaction

How does Keys to Caregiving benefit the parent child-relationship?

  • Increases both provider and caregiver’s knowledge of the infant’s amazing abilities
  • Builds confidence and competence in parent/caregiver’s care of their infants
  • Assists providers in effectively sharing this knowledge with parents

Who uses Keys to Caregiving?

  • Public Health Nurses, Hospital Nurses, Infant Caregivers, Pediatricians, Social Workers, Childcare Providers, Infant Mental Health Specialists, Educators

Is training available?

  • Learning the content occurs best in a group setting with an identified leader but videos can be viewed on your own with the Keys to Caregiving study guide. The program is divided into six classes with background reading, video examples and practice sessions to enhance your understanding and reinforce your learning.

“Keys to Caregiving has increased our knowledge of infant behavior, states and communication patterns and has helped parents to know and understand their infant. Many parents have provided feedback indicating they feel an increased understanding of their child rather than just learning parenting strategies.”  Hospital MCH Nursing Director  

Research on Keys to Caregiving

1.  Mother-Infant Interaction: Achieving Synchrony. Leitch, D. Jan-Feb 1999.

2.  Improving adolescent parent-infant interactions: a pilot study. Letourneau N. February 2001.

3.  Supporting Parents: Can Intervention Improve Parent-Child Relationships? Letourneau N, Drummond J, Fleming D, Kysela G, McDonald L, & Stewart M. 2001.

4.  Interventions with depressed mothers and their infants: Modifying interactive behaviours. Jung, V., Short, R., Letourneau, N. & Andrews, D. July 2006

Keys to Caregiving in Practice

Viewing and studying the Keys to Caregiving videos are an essential part of using the Parent Booklets with families. The booklets are written at a 4th to 6th grade reading level and are meant as an adjunct to the discussion/teaching session with a family. The nurse/social worker/early intervention provider, et al needs to have a deeper understanding of the material in the parent booklets to be able to support learning and answer questions effectively.

The videos are best viewed as a group with a facilitator to promote discussion (with the study guide) about how the concepts can be integrated into practice with families. Brief homework assignments bring the material alive when it is directly applied to an intervention done with a family.

Engaging parents in open-ended, reflective questions about infant states, infant cues, infant behaviors, state modulation, and how important the feeding interaction is, provides the framework for giving instructional feedback. Using the parent booklet Infant Cues is an excellent reinforcement of the learning that occurred while the family watched the BabyCues®: A Child’s First Language video and subsequent BabyCue Card teaching.