Functional Area 8: Self
Provide physical and emotional security for each child and helps each to know, accept, and take pride in himself or herself and to develop a sense of independence.
I provide a positive relationship with the child through daily routines and interactions allowing growth in in their development of self and others. Each morning I ensure that I greet each child and parent when they arrive. In greeting the child I will always address the child by his/her name and encourage the other children to say good morning. I feel this gives the child and parent a sense of trust and security for a safe and secure environment and this acknowledgment makes the child feel special and welcome in the class. In the mornings I also have open centers where the children can go around and greet the other student and to move and work at their own pace. I also find some way to praise the class and each child daily. I provide opportunities for the children to always feel successful and proud of themselves. All children have different rates of development and different personalities. Knowing this can help us be patient. I show children that I really care about them by accepting each child as an individual. I help children with developing social skills, Self- control, problem-solving skills, and the ability to act independently. Young infants need our interaction in order to feel secure and have a sense of self- confidence. Feeling safe in their environment and with you is very important. I make sure to constantly be there for the infant when the child needs me for feeding, diapering, play time and soothe the child when upset. Playing with the child allows the infant to grow in all aspects of self-development and other developmental skills. Young infants need the one on one and to be treated as an individual as well. Each infant has their own way of showing their needs. Knowing their different expressions and cries helps me to understand what the child needs....
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