Respond to the emotional needs of children
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Develop routines appropriate to the child’s developmental stage and provide a stable and predictable environment
Providing stability and a predictable environment
Strategies to promote stability
Developing a sense of belonging
Shared decision making
Providing opportunities for children to work together
The need for personal and private space
Need to be individual and accepted
Ahmid, who is five years old, wandered over to the playdough table where Gabbi and Sophie were making birthday cakes. Ahmid sat down and picked up a rolling pin. He told the girls he was going to make a birthday cake as well. He got a ball of playdough and rolled it flat. ‘That’s not how to do it,’ Gabbi said. ‘Yeah,’ agreed Sophie ‘you have to make it higher so you can put candles on it. That’s a silly cake.’ Ahmid replied that their cakes were silly too. Greg the caregiver, walked over, sat down and said, ‘Hey let’s have a look at these birthday cakes.’ ‘Ahmid’s is silly,’ Gabbi told Greg. He looked at the cakes and at Ahmid who was beginning to look upset and said, ‘Not all birthday cakes look the same. Last week when Nigel had a birthday his cake was a rocket, and Will’s cake was a monster. I’m pretty sure that cakes come in lots of different shapes and sizes but birthday cakes are always special. Ahmid, tell us about your special birthday cake.’ Ahmid began to talk about his cake and asked Sophie about her special cake. When Greg left the table the children were creating an extra special birthday cake together for Greg.