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The Developping Child.

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Lisakay Emmott ECE 101 - The Developping Child Children's personalities are affected by life experiences, physical challenges and the people they meet. It is a fact that children learn more and faster in the early years of life, than at any other time in their life span. Children are more aware of adult problems and view points than ever and this affects their learning and life style; aswell as the positive or negative iages this projects. In order to support children in making a sense of the world they inhabit, the adult carer should support the children throughout their learning. There are six areas of developmental milestones. These are emotional, social, language, spiritual, cognitive and physical. When relating these to child development, there are four key areas; strong child, skilful communicator, competent learner and healthy child. To support a child in the development of these milestones, adult carers need to be aware of the child as a whole person. Susan Isaacs believed that we should see children 'from within its own frame', that is, seeing the child from a child's prospective on the world. The standard dictionary definition for development is 'the process by which a human or animal grows and changes through it life span'. Children need to feel they have the freedom to make their own choices and also feel supported in the decisions they make. This will further their already developing and changing views on the world. Children are able to pick up on positive and negative responses, body language and emotions. ...read more.


This will in turn lead them to find their own capabilities and helps them to develop a positive self image. They have the need for a sense of belonging. This will then allow the child to explore from a sense of a stable base. When thinking of a strong child, their social confidence and competence will be foremost in their personality. They are outwardly confident and internally competent. In order for this child to develop their already existing skills, an adult carer needs to provide support in their choices and a positive response to successes and challenges. The strong child will benefit from adult support that allows them choices free from adult intervention. The adult should support the child through the process of seeing why it would have perhaps been viewed as a negative choice. This will intern allow the strong child to develop their self awareness and project a positive self image. The child needs to be acknowledged for their views and opinions. When they express themselves, the strong child feels the need to feel safe and valued within their community. Their community can be family or peers; important people in their world. The skilful communicator has needs that are slightly differing to the strong child's. They have strong emotional and language capabilities, but also social interaction. A skilful communicator is a social and effective communicator. They are confident in the use of language on all levels. ...read more.


The child depends upon being 'scaffold' throughout their learning experience and the adult should be close. With all the key areas of development, the child's awareness of self, self knowledge and self esteem are always prominent. Linden wrote that 'children build their sense of personal identity partly through the way other people react to them on the basis of various social labels' By the age of two, a child is aware that they have different cultures, emotions, race, gender etc. Gura (1996) said 'The main aim must be to help children develop a sense o control over their lives and build on their own aspirations' . Children need to be supported and helped to learn and develop in the world. They need to find their own ideas and perspectives and an adult may only be a catalyst in their views. An adult needs to be aware that a child's self esteem is not fixed. It is the practitioner's job to ensure that a child maintains a good level of self esteem. In conclusion, an adult, whether a carer or practitioner forms a bond with a child. A child needs a safe and secure environment in which they feel they can try new challenges. The adult needs to scaffold the child throughout their learning. This will then form a secure base for a child to develop their new skills and ideas. The child needs to feel appreciated and challenged. Their view on the world will only be a positive one if the child feels they are a valued member of society. ...read more.

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