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Childrens routines - The aim of this routine is to show how to meet all the developmental and care needs of a child aged 4 years.

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Unit 2 - Working with Young Children - Routine 2 Age of child - This routine is for a child aged 4 years who attends a pre-school setting Type of setting - The setting is a Pre-School. Care in this pre-school begins at 9:15am and finishes at 12:15pm. The pre-school is located in a church hall; the hall has sufficient space to provide children with the use of both small and large scale equipment. Aim of routine - The aim of this routine is to show how to meet all the developmental and care needs of a child aged 4 years. My participation in the routine - My participation in this routine included: * Discussion and liaison with my supervisor about the equipment and activities I wished to include in my routine for the child the routine is aimed at. Also asking my supervisor for permission * I was involved in the setting up of the setting, this includes: - Setting up the different activity tables with dough play, puzzles and drawing - Setting up the book corner and changing books to keep the children interested in reading different books. I supported anti-discriminatory/anti-bias practice through providing books with non-stereotypical images and attitudes and books that promote a multi-cultural, world view of society - Setting up the large scale equipment and ensuring the equipment is safe for the children to play on - Setting up the home corner, painting area and sand/water play area. * Preparation of the fruit for milk and fruit time. I chose the fruit, cut it into sufficient portions for the children to manage, placed the different fruit in the different bowls and prepared the tray and the room for the children * I was involved in a role play activity with child 'A'. I then gave an extremely shy child the confidence she needed to join in role play with the other children. ...read more.

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The children are asked if they would like to go to the toilet and a member of staff supervises at all times, the toilets have booster steps to enable children to be able to sit on the seat and reach the sinks properly. The children are lined up and are brought into the room where break is held. The room is set up with a semi-circle of chairs with the children's names on individual chairs; these are randomly placed on chairs. This encourages the children to recognise their own names. Child 'A' walks around looking at all the chairs and then he picks his name of the chair and sits down. 10:30am - The children are then encouraged to count the number of children present along with the staff. The two members of staff sit in front of the children and the children are called up two at a time to pour their milk or water. This encourages independence and self-help skills. Once the children finish their drink, they are encouraged to bring up their cup and then sit and wait quietly for the other children to finish. Once all the children have finished, the staff call up the children to at a time and ask them what fruit the want. The children are told the name of the fruit is they are unsure, this encourages and develops vocabulary. All staff participating in break where gloves at all times and when I prepared the fruit; gloves were worn at all times to support and maintain health and safety. Once children have finished their fruit, they are encouraged to bring up their bowls and then sit quietly whilst the other children finish. When all the children have finished the tray is taken back into the kitchen and the bowls etc are washed up. 10:55am - The register is taken whilst still in the break time area. ...read more.

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'A' hands me another cup and says "Its really hot isn't it!", I repeat my first reaction and the children laugh again.' In practice this means because child 'A' and the rest of the children found my response comical, they wanted to repeat the experience by handing me another cup of tea and telling me that it was really hot so I would react in the same way to humour them. Evaluation of my routine: I feel my routine went very well. It met the developmental and care needs of the child, promoted development and met health and safety requirements. My routine was also age and stage appropriate for the child involved and met his individual care and developmental needs. This was achieved through the provision of age and stage appropriate equipment, activities and experiences. There is a recommendation for future practice which would develop the children's knowledge and awareness of different fruits from different cultures and religions. I also feel that the children should be taught general information during milk and fruit time. I feel my aim was achieved as I was able to show how to meet the developmental and care needs of a four year old child at a pre-school setting. My routine is well presented, which is set out neatly and clear to read. Recommendations for future practice: For future practice, I would recommend: * Providing the children with fruit from different cultures and religions. This would develop their knowledge and awareness of the different fruits and foods different cultures and religions eat. This would be a valuable learning experience for the children and would also encourage and maintain a healthy balanced diet. * During milk time, information should be asked told to the children about the milk and water the children are drinking. This would educate the children in areas such as the fact that milk contains calcium and is good for healthy bones and teeth etc. This could also be done whilst the children are eating their fruit. ...read more.

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