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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

Respond to the following scenarios.

Scenario A

Scenario B

Which scenario do you think best provides a stable routine that meets the emotional needs of the children as well as their physical needs and why?


Strategies to promote stability

Identify the strategies used to foster Misty’s autonomy and confidence. Can you think of any other strategies that could have been used?


Developing a sense of belonging
Shared decision making
Providing opportunities for children to work together

photo of a group of cildren playing together

A situation where teamwork and group skills can be developed

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.

What are some strategies that you can think of to support and enhance children’s feelings of acceptance?