When caring for children, it is important to be aware of the various key events that take place in their development. As children grow, different aspects of their lives should be assessed to determine if they are growing up the right way. In fact, there are a number of milestones to look out for in children’s emotional and social development.
Children who are 3 to 4 years old are able to control their eliminative functions and impulses. They are also more inquisitive with their surroundings and they tend to assert themselves when it comes to doing things on their own. Well, independence is one of the signs of emotional growth—do not be too restraining. Most children are hesitant and fearful to be away from their parents when they are first brought to a daycare in Perth, but becoming less fussy over this shows that they are growing.
Independence or autonomy is shown in other ways, specifically with their creativity. As children learn to play and engage in creative activities, their own personality and imagination shine through. This is a major milestone in forging their own identities. Social relationships are made when they meet children of similar mindsets and play with their peers.
If you are a controlling parent, you may instill doubt in your child and he or she may be hesitant to try new challenges and not have enough confidence do things independently.
Encouraging Healthy Development
Any parent or teacher would want to encourage healthy development and it isn’t hard to do. Independence comes naturally in every child and creativity can be easily fostered.
Giving them arts and crafts, especially open-ended art and play time, will allow them to discover their imagination all on their own, with limited guidance. Simple board and card games are also good for bonding, as well as helping the child grow mentally and learn to share and take turns.
The Best Foundation
As a child develops, there are a number of milestones and cues to look for that indicate that he or she is developing properly. Decreased fear and increased independence, coupled with the creativity set the best foundation possible for the child going into school and the rest of his or her life.
To learn more about how Cuddles Childcare Centres in Perth focus on these developmental milestones, call our Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702, Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844 and St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.